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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 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
School Social Workers Road Blocks to Advocacy for Students in Inclusion Seating Available

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Students with disabilities are represented in a school system by many individuals that are an active part of the IEP team. Students, families, teachers, administrators service providers and social workers play an active role in determining the student’s level of services and supports in the inclusion environment. Social workers advocate for those in need as part of their ethical responsibilities. However, despite strong advocates sometimes there are barriers to both advocating for students with disabilities, and how the advocacy is received by teachers and administrators. Historically school social workers were called “visiting teachers” and were a combination of education and social service experience. School social workers perceived legitimacy is challenged as qualifications as a school social worker varies from state to state. Teachers and administrative perceptions of expectations may differ from school social workers causing challenges in determining effectiveness. This presentation is delivered through the lens of a special education social worker with over 10 years of experience advocating and providing services to students with disabilities. The author takes an in-depth look at the power differential between school systems and advocating for children with disabilities through the lens of special education social workers advocating for students, their families, the least restrictive environment and interventions. Review of the literature including historical aspects, implications for future research and suggestions for educational stakeholders will be discussed.

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Kim Knox

Doctoral Student, Graduate Research Assistant, New Mexico State University
I am a doctoral student in the Special Education program at NMSU with an emphasis on multicultural, bilingual education program. I have worked as a special education social worker since 2007. My research interests include advocacy, school social work, implicit bias and critical disability... Read More →

Saturday December 7, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm MST
Meeting Room: Quail 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226