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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 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Participatory asset mapping: Using community resources to strengthen schools and their families LIMITED

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Trusting family-school partnerships and trusting community-school partnerships are two integral features of the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT). Family-school partnerships support the engagement of families in the life of the school and strongly influence student outcomes. Community-school partnerships often provide supports and resources to meet staff, family, and student needs that go beyond what is typically available through schools. Supporting families to access community resources can serve to strengthen trusting family partnerships. For this to occur, schools must be aware of the organizations in their community that provide services and supports for students and their families. In addition, creating partnerships with community organizations increases resource availability, thereby maximizing resources, for communities and schools. As a part of SWIFT???s technical assistance to its partner states, we engaged in a participatory resource mapping process to identify community organizations external to the education system in each SWIFT partner state that (a) share in the values of inclusive schools and communities and (b) are perceived as key partners by other disability, family, or community organizations within the state. State schools and districts can use the resource map to identify potential partners and refer families to needed supports and services. Participants will learn about the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) and, in particular, the Family and Community Engagement domain. Participants will learn how the SWIFT national technical assistance center on inclusive schooling is supporting state partner schools and districts to access and form partnerships with family and community resources.

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Thursday December 1, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Station Master Room Union Station Hotel St. Louis

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