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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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Tuesday, December 8 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Breaking the Stigma: Adolescents with Disabilities and Co-occurring Mental Health Needs

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Adolescents with disabilities often have co-occurring mental health needs, which negatively impact their ability to perform in school, interact with peers, and take care of their own personal needs. An added challenge is the public stigma around mental health conditions, which makes it difficult to talk openly about needs and access appropriate treatment. These adolescents require specific supports and strategies to address these mental health needs. Unfortunately, there is a very limited body of research documenting these individuals' mental health needs and effective supports and strategies. This panel presentation will focus on the perceptions and experiences of adolescents with disabilities and mental health needs, their families, and professionals who work with them in the field of special education. Panel members will describe disempowering and empowering experiences, the impact of disability and mental health on families, and recommendations for families and professionals.

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Grace Lucille Francis

Assistant Professor, Special Education, George Mason University
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Jodi Duke

Associate Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Jodi Duke, Ed.D is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Human Development in the School of Education at George Mason University and serves as the Academic Program Coordinator for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Program. In these roles... Read More →

Tuesday December 8, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
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