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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.
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Thursday, December 5 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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The purpose of the annual TASH Research Colloquium is to provide information about current research that addresses topics of interest to TASH members. One of the most important priorities in our field is building diverse and inclusive communities. This colloquium will present research from family, school and system perspectives highlighting the experiences of people with complex support needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Kristina Lopez will present a socio-cultural framework used to examine the factors and processes that create and maintain disparities in diagnosis and treatment among Latinx children with ASD. She will also discuss the process of developing a community advisory board to understand the impact of ASD disparities on Latinx children along with findings from the innovative pilot study of a culturally-informed psychoeducational parent coaching program.

Amanda Miller’s research focuses on the school experiences of nine girls of color with intellectual and developmental disabilities in middle and high school. Her research focuses on how inclusionary and exclusionary schooling systems and processes are generated through materializations (school geographies, classroom layouts, and learning tools) and discursive practices (talk, texts, and actions) for the focal participants from their perspectives.

Julia Ann Scherba de Valenzuela and Rosalia Pacheco will present original research on state practices in language proficiency assessment. Focusing on language minority students with complex support needs, they will review the federal requirements for and history of language proficiency testing. The presenters will also provide data on alternative proficiency assessment and exit criteria. They will close with a discussion of instructional barriers and challenges that must be addressed.

Charles Dukes (Florida Atlantic University) will serve as the discussant for the colloquium.

Each presenter will give a 40-minute talk with comments from the discussant to follow. Questions from the audience will be held until the end.

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Meghan Burke

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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LaQuita Montgomery

LS Montgomery & Associates, Inc
I’m a TASH board member and co-chair of the Diversity & Cultural Competency Committee. I’m also the current president of the Florida TASH chapter. I’ve been in the field for over 20 years working primarily in home and community settings. I’m also a board certified behavior... Read More →


Charles Dukes

Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Charles Dukes, EdD, PhD is Professor and Doctoral Coordinator in the Department of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he teaches courses in disability studies, instructional practices for students with severe disabilities and research methods... Read More →

Rosalia Pacheco

PhD Student, University of New Mexico
Rosalia Pacheco, M.A. is a PhD student at the University of New Mexico. She has a background with working with diverse communities throughout NM as a teacher in Albuquerque schools for twelve years and as a community presenter. Her research is focused on bilingual special educati... Read More →
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Amanda L. Miller

Assistant Professor, SUNY Cortland
Amanda Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Foundations and Social Advocacy Department at the State University of New York College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland). Her research focuses on the lived experiences of girls of color with intellectual and developmental disabilities, teacher... Read More →
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Julia Ann Scherba de Valenzuela

Associate Professor, University of New Mexico
Julia Scherba de Valenzuela, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of New Mexico. Professor Scherba de Valenzuela’s research focuses on issues of educational equity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities, particularly... Read More →
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Kristina Lopez

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Kristina is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Dr. Lopez earned her B.A. and M.A. in psychology from California State University, Northridge. She earned her M.S.W. and M.S. in psychology, and her Ph.D. in social work and psychology, from... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room: Kave Ballroom 2 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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