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.
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Friday, December 6 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Comparing Education Experiences among Diverse Parents of Children with Disabilities Seating Available

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In this presentation, we discuss findings from a research study with English and Spanish-speaking parents of children with significant disabilities. Specifically, we compared special education experiences, parent-school communication, and desired changes to special education law between English and Spanish-speaking parents. To do this, we conducted 12 focus groups with nearly 68 parents of children with disabilities in two states. Specifically, 56 parents were English-speaking and 12 parents were Latino and Spanish-speaking. Using constant comparative analysis and emergent coding, we reviewed the focus group data. We found that Spanish (versus English) speaking families reported worse special education experiences; specifically, they were more likely to report experiences of discrimination and bias. Also, Spanish (versus English) speaking families reported more barriers to parent-school communication. Finally, both groups of participants requested changes to special education law and were committed to systemic advocacy.

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Meghan Burke

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Zach Rossetti

Associate Professor, Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Zachary Rossetti, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Teaching and Learning Department at Boston University's Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. His research examines the social belonging and participation of people with intellectual and developmental... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am MST
Meeting Room: Scorpion 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226