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.
Saturday, December 7 • 9:35am - 10:25am
Wearable Technology Informs More Empathetic and UDL-Focused Inclusive Practices Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

Wearable technology has the power to change the way we view student behavior overnight. Objective monitoring of heart rate, sleep, temperature, and movement can show us patterns of stress that may not be visibly evident and may negate assumptions previously made about a student's challenging behavior. To support the TASH theme of Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, we used wearable technology and trained staff to first be aware of how student regulation or dysregulation may impact successful inclusion. Many diverse students, but especially students with disabilities, may have a history of exposure to previous trauma, culturally unresponsive practices, and curriculum inaccessibility. A calm student can learn, a stressed student cannot. By actively monitoring and noticing trends educators learn to look for reasons a student may be dysregulated, and then ask themselves, "How can I help this student feel safe and successful in my environment?" Empowering educators with wearable technology data not only encourages more empathetic responses but also solidifies the urgent need for better UDL implementation.

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Cynthia Blasko

Director/Board Member, Roots of Inclusion

Saturday December 7, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am MST
Meeting Room: Gila-Monster 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226