2019 TASH Conference has ended
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.

Thursday, December 5 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Community Conversations as an Innovative Approach for Informing Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities Full

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Far too many youth with disabilities (especially those with significant disabilities) are not transitioning successfully to careers, college, or community life after high school. Many schools and agencies struggle to design services and supports that elevate the outcomes of transition-age students. We present "community conversation" events as a promising approach for helping school districts identify new partners and possibilities that can strengthen the quality of transition education necessary for building truly diverse and inclusive communities across one state. We will describe core components of the approach and illustrate how it can be applied to inform technical assistance and professional development regarding postsecondary transition across schools. Finally, we will report findings from our mixed-methods study of nine community conversation events across diverse and unique communities. We will describe the perceptions within and across these communities regarding partnerships, training, and other supports needed for youth with disabilities, including those with the most significant support needs, to become contributing members of these communities.


Michele Schutz

Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University
Michele Schutz is a doctoral student in special education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She is interested in postsecondary outcomes and secondary transition programming for youth with disabilities.
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Erik Carter

Professor, Vanderbilt University
Erik Carter is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting inclusion, belonging, and valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room: Deer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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