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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 • 10:20am - 11:10am
Live Online Sign Language Training: Building Communication Capacity in Rural Locations LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

A pilot course and training opportunity in functional sign language was spearheaded during the spring semester of 2016 in rural Midwest state. The ten week live online learning experience with six participants was offered as a community training or as a graduate level one credit course in an effort to build capacity in service provision for people of any age with low incidence disabilities or communicative challenges at any location within the state. This strategy included additional independent learning experiences provided via captioned videos, handouts, live practice sessions amongst trainees, or independent tutoring sessions with the instructor. Training participants self-identified as speech language pathologist (2), special educator (1), adult service provider (1), undergraduate student (1), and parent/community trainer (1). Overview of course content, technological modalities, participantsŸ?? satisfaction data, and educational outcomes from the inaugural implementation of the strategy will be shared. Suggestions and strategies for development and implementation of similar programs or projects will be provided. This presentation aligns with the theme Ÿ??Gateway to EquityŸ? by the focus on 1) building capacity 2) communication services and supports 3) live online learning which can decrease barriers often faced in rural locations, and 4) increased quality of life for persons with disabilities. As many adults still have inefficient or ineffective communication, this session addresses equity in multiple and profound ways. After this session, participants will be able to 1. explain the benefits of sign language as a communication option for persons with disabilities at all ages 2. advocate for communication diversity in their home communities and workplaces 3. discuss avenues to expand communication options for persons with disabilities through sign language training across environments 4. design and implement similar programs or projects at a local or state level

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Sara Hansen

Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities

Friday December 2, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am CST
Grand C 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103