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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 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Developing an Online Parent Training for Diverse Parents of Minimally Verbal Toddlers

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We will discuss the development of and initial feasibility and acceptability of a brief 6-module online training for parents of young children who may be at increased risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and are not yet using language functionally. The culturally-informed training called, "Helping Optimize Language Acquisition" (HOLA) combines information on developmental milestones and signs of ASD as well as evidence-based naturalistic strategies to encourage social communication. The intervention will next be refined and translated into Spanish in preparation for an initial efficacy trial with funding from the Organization for Autism Research.

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Robin Dodds

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education, California State University Los Angeles
My primary research interests focus on supporting families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related Developmental Disabilities in two ways; through Parent to Parent social support and through parent-mediated interventions for social communication. Additionally... Read More →
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Jessica Cruz

Doctoral Student, California State University, Los Angeles & University of California, Los Angeles
I am very passionate for the current and future work that needs to be done in Special Education. I initially acquired knowledge of Special Education through my siblings who have an Intellectual Disability and a Specific Learning Disability. Now, as a mother of two young children with... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST
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