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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
The State of Inclusion and Exclusion of Students with Extensive Support Needs in California School Districts Seating Available

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This study explored the state of placement of students with disabilities (SWD) in districts across the State of California and the relationship between placement and economic and demographic factors. Results suggest significant variability in classroom placement, relationships between placement and factors, such as race and expenditure, and alarmingly low access to general education classrooms for students with extensive support needs. A continued focus on access to placement in regular classes for SWD is apparent across the United States and many other countries (Ainscow & Cesár, 2006; Drudy & Kinsella, 2009). Despite the increasing attention to placement in regular classes, SWD continue to be educated away from their peers without disabilities (e.g., Morningstar, Kurth, & Kozleski, 2014; Porter, 2004). Furthermore, there is significant variability in placement in, or access to, general education for SWD (Cosier, White, & Wang, 2018). The variability in placement and limited access to general education for SWD, and particularly for students with extensive support needs, highlights the need to identify factors associated with placement and then address the role of current policy, while also recognizing future policy needs.

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Don Cardinal

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, Chapman University
Inclusion and transition to work and the polices that result from these efforts.
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Audri Gomez

Associate Director, Thompson Policy Institute on Disability-Chapman University

Friday December 6, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Meeting Room: Kave Ballroom 1 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

Attendees (45)