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 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Training Peer Mentors: Implementation and Student Behavior in Postsecondary Education Filling

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With more options to go to college (https://thinkcollege.net/), young adults with autism an intellectual disability (ASD-ID) have more opportunities to develop skills in adaptive behavior, communication, and social interactions that may not have often occurred in segregated K-12 environments. Inclusive postsecondary educational settings provide meaningful opportunities for young adults with ASD-ID to develop skills, with dignity, supported by college students serving as peer mentors. However, it is unknown if and how peer mentors can support skill development of students with ASD-ID in higher education. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of training and coaching on (a) peer mentor's implementation fidelity of individualized behavior plans, and (b) the behavior of students with ASD-ID. To answer these questions, a single subject multiple baseline design across three peer mentor-student pairs was used. During this session participants will learn successful peer mentor training and coaching strategies. Further, learn how much training and coaching was needed for peer mentors to successfully implement student behavior plans as intended and the impact on student behavior. Suggestions for future research and training in alternative environments (e.g., inclusive K-12 settings) will be discussed. This information can be used to advance the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and potentially in their future work and recreation.

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Stephanie MacFarland

University of Arizona
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Kirsten Lansey

Doctoral Student, University of Arizona

Friday December 6, 2019 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room: Buzzard 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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