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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
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Research findings demonstrate that general education (inclusive) classrooms provide the best context for learning (Jackson, Ryndak and White, 2013) for students with significant disabilities. To build diverse and inclusive communities, Delano, Perner and Keefe (2008/2009) recommend that teacher preparation programs shape teacher candidates' philosophies, dispositions, practice, and skills with a focus on access to the general curriculum in inclusive contexts. The purpose of this research was to understand how faculty focusing on special education for students with significant disabilities prepare teachers to provide special education services in inclusive settings. Study participants were expert faculty from Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) in the US who prepared teachers to work with students with significant disabilities in inclusive, general education contexts. We conducted a Delphi study (Hsu and Sandford, 2007) to gather consensus on best practices in teacher preparation to include students with significant disabilities. Iterative survey results and implications for research, practice and policy will be shared.

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Heather Allcock

Assistant Professor, Providence College
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Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
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Virginia Walker

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Virginia L. Walker, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Walker began her career as a special education teacher of students with extensive support needs in Atlanta... Read More →

Saturday December 7, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
Meeting Room: Kave Ballroom 1 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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