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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
Benefits of Elementary Student Involvement in the IEP Meeting Seating Available

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Student involvement in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings are recognized as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), however, student involvement in educational planning often does not occur until the age of transition, if it happens at all. Although there is research documenting the importance of student participation in IEP meetings, there is a gap in research focused on how families are impacted. There are no studies specific to students who are deafblind. The purpose of this presentation is to explore elementary student involvement in educational planning as an auto-ethnographic case study, specifically focused on how early student involvement in educational planning can improve collaboration within the IEP team. The presenter is a parent of two children who are deafblind. She will discuss her personal experiences of involving her children in their IEP meetings at a young age and will discuss findings from the case study of her elementary son's IEP team. Case study data collection involved interviews, observations, and document review. IEP team members (including the student and other family members) were interviewed about their IEP meeting experiences. The study involved observations of the 10-year-old student's IEP meeting and review of IEP related documents. This study is unique because the researcher, as a parent was also a participant in the case study. Presentation of the case study results will be presented from the family perspective.

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Lanya (Lane) McKittrick

Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education
I am a mother of 3 children with disabilities as well as a special education researcher. Because of my personal experiences, I went back to get my PhD in Special Education. My research interests are Family-Professional Partnerships, Deafblindness, Self-determination, Student-Led IEP... Read More →

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