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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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Wednesday, December 9 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Beyond the Classroom: Inclusive Transition for Students with Significant Needs

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Despite coordinated transition plans, students with (SSN) are often overlooked in the targeted transition process. Beyond the Classroom (BTC) is a strategic plan of inclusive transition beginning in early childhood and focusing on post-secondary outcomes for the individual. BTC is a framework of goals-strategies-inputs-outputs and outcomes by incorporating all stakeholders in early planning. Utilizing the systematic template, all stakeholders can ensure not only individualized and coordinated transition programs but plans that include the student in all areas of school environments. Thus, giving voice to the most important stakeholder - the student. Through backward design, the model determines the goals of each participant. Strategies are developed to meet the goals including collaborative meetings with stakeholders, joint professional developments, and continued support of professional developments. Desired outcomes are an inclusive school community and a recognition of potential.

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Heather Fitzpatrick

Doctoral Candidate, University of Northern Colorado
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Elizabeth Osborne

Sped Instructional Coach, Frisco ISD
Elaine Osborne - I am currently an Instructional Coach and Department Chair of a high school in Texas. I have been an IC supporting secondary teachers and students for 8 years. During this time I completed my doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in special education... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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