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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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Saturday, December 7 • 10:45am - 11:35am
What Matters and Why: Stakeholder Voices to Improve Communication Intervention Seating Available

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Although substantial strides have been made to develop effective interventions to improve outcomes for children and youth who have complex communication needs (i.e., unable to use verbal speech to meet daily communication needs), a well-documented research-to-practice gap remains. A number of different factors influence this research-to-practice gap, with issues related to social validity likely being among the most important. Social validity involves the significance of intervention goals, acceptability of procedures, and impact of outcomes, as perceived by key stakeholders' such as parents and family members, educators, service providers, and children themselves. To bridge the research-to-practice gap and ensure that interventions are both effective and socially valid (e.g., acceptable, significant), concerted efforts must be made to understand and address the perspectives of diverse stakeholders. Doing so can increase the likelihood that research-based interventions actually make a sustained and meaningful impact on the lives of children and youth in real schools and communities. In this presentation, we will share the aim, method, findings, and implications from research focused on engaging diverse stakeholders to understand their perspectives on the significance, acceptability, and impact of interventions for children and youth with complex communication needs. Our work directly relates to this year's theme "Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities" because we recognize that developing and implementing interventions that actually make an impact on children's communication access, opportunity to thrive, and inclusion in their schools and communities must include input from the unique perspectives and experiences of diverse stakeholders.

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Elizabeth Biggs

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth E. Biggs, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. She started working with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a special education teacher on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and has worked extensively... Read More →

Saturday December 7, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am MST
Meeting Room: Roadrunner 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226