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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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Thursday, December 1 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Ecological Systems Factors Affecting Access to General Education Content and Contexts LIMITED

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Each day, people who serve students with significant disabilities collectively and individually make decisions that affect these students' access to general education content and contexts. This presentation will use Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory to examine and call attention to factors that facilitate or restrict access to general education contexts and curriculum. Specifically, we will discuss student characteristics (i.e., race and age, disability label, and learning and behavioral characteristics), microsystems (i.e., special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and peers), mesosystems (i.e. Individualized Education Program [IEP} teams), exosystems (i.e., teacher education), macrosystems (i.e., policy), and chronosystems (i.e., school transitions) to illustrate how actions and activities within students' ecological systems influence important educational decisions about placement, instructional contexts, and instructional content. Implications for practice, policy and research as well as advocacy for positive changes at each level of the ecological systems model to support access will be considered. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm how to utilize the ecological systems framework to advocate on behalf of students with significant disabilities at their own schools. By the end of the session, participants will be able a) to identify actions and activities in students' ecological systems that influence the students' access to general education content and contexts, b) to recognize barriers to access for individual students as well as trends within local and national contexts, and c) to apply the ecological systems framework to promote positive action on behalf of students with significant disabilities at their own schools.


Thursday December 1, 2016 9:20am - 10:10am
Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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