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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents 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 leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.

Friday, December 6 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
School Mealtime Experiences of Secondary-Age Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

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This presentation will describe findings from a qualitative multiple case study on school-based mealtime experiences for secondary-age students who have severe and multiple disabilities. This presentation aligns with the TASH theme "Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities" because mealtime at school is an important social experience for all youth. The findings presented will describe issues related to feeding and other supports (e.g., age-appropriateness, natural peer supports) found to promote or hinder students' equity, opportunity, and inclusion during mealtime. Authentic descriptions of student participants' perspectives (with and without disabilities), developed through qualitative research strategies, will be highlighted throughout the presentation. Implications for improving supports to advance best practices in inclusion during mealtime for students with the most intensive feeding supports will be described. Participants will have opportunities to engage in the presentation through question and answers, and a whole group brainstorm to list strategies they can take-away to improve social inclusion during mealtime, based on their respective roles (e.g., parent, administrator, teacher).


Friday December 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Akimel Ballroom 3

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