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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 • 8:20am - 9:10am
Qualitative Research on Supporting Students with Complex Communication Needs: A Meta-synthesis LIMITED

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The ultimate goal of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is to promote studentsŸ?? active participation across settings through interactions involving a variety of partners and functions. To achieve such outcomes, educational teams must collaborate and consider the characteristics of students, their families, and the environments during AAC assessment and intervention. To date, AAC team collaboration has rarely been evaluated collectively outside intervention or case study research. We conducted a meta-synthesis reviewing qualitative studies of perspectives of team members on supporting students who used AAC in the U.S. public schools. Our analysis yielded three primary themes necessary for effective AAC services; inputs, activities, and outcomes. We discuss implications and recommendations for service providers and future researchers. Upon the completion of this session, participants will be able to (a) obtain a better understanding on synthesizing qualitative research and the implication of the logic model in providing educational services to students with complex communication needs; and (b) describe inputs, activities, and outcomes of effective AAC services in public schools as reported by educational teams.

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Yun-Ching Chung

Assistant Professor, Illinois State University
Yun-Ching Chung is an assistant professor in the department of special education at Illinois State University. Her research interests include peer interactions, inclusion outcomes of students who use augmentative and alternative communication, and paraprofessional facilitation.


Thursday December 1, 2016 8:20am - 9:10am
Conductor Room 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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