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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together individuals with significant disabilities and their allies to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The conference is attended by passionate advocates, leaders, and subject matter experts from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees play an important role in supporting individuals with significant disabilities to overcome various barriers in order to live their best lives. Central to this work is the premise that individuals reach their optimal potential only when they are given the opportunity to live, work and thrive across the lifespan in the same communities we are all members of. The conference is intentionally designed to support the interests of professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; home and community-based service providers; students, family members, and most importantly, self-advocates with lived experience.

This year, while we are taking the conference virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that our unique approach to providing exceptional first-rate content and building strong community ties and connections across various stakeholders will yield an extraordinary event! We have taken extra steps to bring people closer together during these times, as well as to create an amazing virtual environment that expands our knowledge, spurs our creative thinking, and focuses on healthy living and having fun!  Our conference theme, Feel the Power of Inclusion, reinforces the importance of our continued commitment to promoting a world of equity and opportunity for all, and is predicated on the value of bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences in an effort to build strong human connectivity and spur collective action.

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Monday, December 7 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Experiences of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities During COVID-19

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has aggressively and critically impacted individuals worldwide, with over 7.3 million cases and 413,000 deaths as of early June 2020. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are an especially vulnerable population during this pandemic, particularly related to receiving services and supports for daily living, employment, and health needs. In this qualitative study, researchers gathered information on the experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants shared their stories of the physical, mental, and emotional impacts of COVID-19 and accompanying changes to services, supports, employment, and social activities and interactions. Researchers identified common trends across the experiences of participants and will share implications and recommendations for the field to ensure policy, services, and supports are informed by data directly from those impacted.

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Kathryn Burke

Assistant Professor of Research, Temple University
I am an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Teaching and Learning and Associate Director at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. I received my doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in Special Education with a Minor in Quantitative Research Design... Read More →

Monday December 7, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
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