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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
General Educators' Perspectives on Inclusive Education and Implementing Student Supports Full

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There is a critical need to ensure students with significant disabilities have access to the general education curriculum within inclusive classrooms. All team members contribute to the education and supports for students with significant disabilities. General education teachers play a particularly important role in fostering an inclusive classroom environment and making curriculum accessible to all students. However, there is minimal existing research that has investigated the perspectives of general education teachers. The purpose of this study was to understand general educators' perspectives of inclusive education, including how they learned about the strategies they used to support students with significant disabilities in their classrooms. We held five focus groups with 16 general education teachers at two fully inclusive elementary schools. Results from this study may lead to an understanding of the important aspects involved in supporting general educators to implement inclusive practices. The content of this presentation is important for building diverse and inclusive communities because it gathers the perspectives of general education teachers who teach in inclusive schools; such perspectives have been rarely investigated in the existing research on this topic. This information may be useful as the field works to advance inclusive education and ensure teachers are knowledgeable and prepared to support the diverse learning needs of students in their classrooms.

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Alison Zagona

Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
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Kirsten Lansey

Doctoral Candidate, University of Arizona
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Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education

Saturday December 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm MST
Meeting Room: Gila-Monster 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226