2019 TASH Conference
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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.

Friday, December 6 • 10:55am - 11:45am
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More than 3000 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities have enrolled in college via the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) projects. We present results from new analyses of TPSID data, focused on the predictors of inclusive course enrollments and employment as well as data on outcomes of students who have completed these programs. The findings from these studies suggest that access to typical higher education systems and practices and paid employment are associated with more successful outcomes. In this session, we offer recommendations for translating these findings into practice and directions for future research. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 created grants for Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) model demonstration projects, implemented between 2010 and 2015 at 57 colleges and universities and currently being implemented from 2015 to 2020 at over 40 campuses in the U.S. The National Coordinating Center (NCC) for the TPSIDs will present the results of the following new analyses of data from the model demonstration projects, focused on the experiences and outcomes of students who attended TPSID projects: 1: Predictors of student employment during their program and at exit for students who attended TPSID projects between 2010 and 2015. 2: Predictors of inclusive course enrollments for first-year students who attended TPSID projects in 2015-16 and 2016-17. 3: One-year outcomes of students who attended TPSID programs funded between 2015 and 2020. Collectively, these studies have important implications for understanding factors that can support access to inclusive academics and paid employment as well as the overall impact of inclusive higher education. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the effective structures, practices, and supports that the TPSIDs are using to assist students in achieving successful outcomes. For families and students, understanding these practices will assist them in asking critical questions of programs during the college search process, in particular around inclusivity and opportunities for paid employment. Colleges and universities will be able to use the recommendations in this session to improve practice.

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Clare Papay

Senior Research Associate, Think College, UMass Boston

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

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