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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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Friday, December 6 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Transition and Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities in the Community in Portugal Seating Available

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In Portugal, after completion of compulsory schooling, young people with disabilities and their families are confronted with the absence of a support service that allows them to pursue a future in meaningful work or community inclusion as an alternative to sheltered workshops. A pilot project focusing on the inclusion of youth with disabilities in their community and integrated employment was developed in six regions of Portugal in an attempt to fill this gap. The aim of the project was to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in activities in natural contexts, through the mobilization of existing resources in the community, such as municipalities, companies, services and various organizations. Each project supported the development of meaningful activities in the community including: socio-professional experiences in real work contexts, cultural, sports, and leisure and volunteer activities. The goal was to provide opportunities for youth with disabilities to acquire skills and a support network that enables them to be the active agents themselves in building a life of higher quality and included in the community. The presenters will discuss the main findings from a follow-up study which assessed the pilot-projects.

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Lúcia Canha

Pos-doc Researcher, University of Lisbon
Lúcia Canha Ph.D., in the last decade has coordinated pilot projects in the field of community and professional integration of people with disabilities and at this moment she is developing a post-doctoral project in this area in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee... Read More →
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Laura Owens

President, TransCen Inc.
Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has over 30 years of experience as a national leader in the transition and disability employment field. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and the President of TransCen... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm MST
Meeting Room: Roadrunner 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226