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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.
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Friday, December 2 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Critical Research and Equity of Access: The Status of In(ex)clusion in the U.S. LIMITED

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Each of the panels  of the symposium presents data that explores the landscape of inclusive education for students with significant disabilities at the macro (national), meso (state), and micro (local schools) levels. The first panel examines longitudinal national trends in placements for students with significant disabilities. The second panel explores district-to-district variation in one state and potential demographic and socioeconomic predictors of such variation. The third panel investigates levels of engagement for students in self-contained and general education settings and the implications of these for access to the general education curriculum. The fourth panel examines the intersection between opportunity to learn and the adoption of boxed curricula developed specifically for students with significant disabilities. Through an analysis of national-, district-, and school- and student-level data, this symposium presents challenges of access to the gateway to equity, but through an analysis of these data, the researchers will engage in a discussion of the implications of using these data for changing systems that increases access to more equitable schooling. 


After this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe trends in access to inclusive settings across and within states.

  2. Explain the importance of inclusive education and how it confers lifespan benefits to students with disabilities 

Research Background:

The purpose of this research symposium is to describe current trends, practices, and outcomes associated with inclusive education.

There is a need to increase inclusive practices for students with significant disabilities and to disrupt widespread segregation practices.  This panel will provide input from diverse researchers on present trends and offer recommendations based on these findings.

The research panel will synthesize current practices and research, offering specific implications and recommendations for practitioners, advocates, researchers, and families.

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Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
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Mary Morningstar

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition... Read More →
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Deborah Taub

Director of Research and Programs, Keystone Assessment

Julia M. White

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Friday December 2, 2016 9:20am - 10:10am CST
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