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.
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Saturday, December 7 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
The Conundrum of a Lost But Not Forgotten Communicative Method Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

While the use of facilitated communication grows, there is minimal research of the method being done. Past research has leaned towards "disclaiming" the method, yet the practice of the method persists. The question of why the practice continues, and what can be done about this quandary is explored in this workshop. Guided by documents including emails, presentations, and unpublished research, the workshop aims to implement an unobstructed discussion of this conundrum. This method is the only means of communication for some, and is too often swept under the rug. If this discussion cannot be held at TASH, the question is, where can it be held? The discussion will be guided by four questions; 1. What prior experiences have researchers in this area had? 2. What outcomes can newer researchers expect from work in this area? 3. If freedom of research is stifled, how does society expect to grow? 4. Where can users of the method turn to learn best practice, be accepted, and grow in skill?

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Aja McKee

Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
Dr. Aja McKee is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in the Department of Special Education. She has worked in the public education system since 1998. Her work as a special educator and administrator provides her with practical experience she shares... Read More →

Saturday December 7, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Roadrunner 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226