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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 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
We Should Get Together: Serendipitous Post-Secondary Inclusion for Students from Self-Contained Classrooms LIMITED

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In the Fall 2015 and 2016 semesters, I invited two young women who received special education services to participate as Teaching Assistants in my college classes for Inclusive Special Education Majors: Ÿ??Learners with Disabilities in ContextŸ? (graduate course), and Ÿ??Assistive and Adaptive Technology (AAT)Ÿ? (for junior year undergraduates). Both were educated primarily in self-contained classrooms. Sara, the TA in my graduate course, was 22 years old. She lived at home, and worked part-time in the community. Her former high school teacher asked if Sara could Ÿ??auditŸ? (i.e., be present in) a class on campus, and instead I offered the more meaningful and inclusive role of Teaching Assistant. Leah, the TA in my AAT class, was one of 10 high school students whose self-contained public school classroom was located on the SUNY Cortland campus, through a grant from another Department. Leah and her Speech Pathologist visited my class in the previous semester, to demonstrate the use of LeahŸ??s assistive technology device. Since Leah was a peer of my undergraduate students, and obviously an expert on assistive technology, I invited her to be my TA the following Fall. With family and educator supportŸ??and the reciprocal peer relationships that naturally developedŸ??we all learned more in these two semesters than we could ever learn from a textbook, lecture, or exam. Students and their families have provided feedback on their experiences, for future study and planning. This presentation supports the Conference theme Ÿ??Gateway to EquityŸ? by providing an example of meaningful post-secondary inclusion that resulted from seizing two unique opportunities, and allowing an inclusive community to develop naturally around an appropriate curriculum. After this session, participants (educators, students, families) will be able to 1. Provide authentic inclusion and meaningful participation in a college class, for an individual with a disability who may be enrolled in a Ÿ??self-containedŸ? public school classroom, but is of the appropriate age for a college experience. 2. Collaborate with family and public school educator(s) to develop and support a meaningful role in a college class for the individual with a disability. 3. Support the role of a peer with a disability as a competent and valued member of the classroom community, and an ambassador for inclusive education. 4. Provide opportunities for, and support the natural development of, reciprocal social relationships via the classroom learning experience.


Friday December 2, 2016 3:30pm - 4:20pm CST
Midway Suites I 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103