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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 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
I Never Gave Guardianship Much Though': Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Presume Competence LIMITED

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In this session, we present a case study of a service learning project completed by a team of five pre-service teachers in an undergraduate inclusive teacher education course. The project, which partnered the team with the family of a student with complex support needs, culminated in a research-based presentation about alternatives to guardianship for the student and his family. Through pre- and post-surveys, questionnaires and end-project reflections, the pre-service teachers demonstrated increased awareness of disability rights issues; increased awareness of guardianship and the importance of alternatives; increased appreciation and skills for direct interaction with families and students with complex support needs; increased presumption of competence of individuals with disabilities; and increased awareness of the need to be strong advocates for human rights and inclusion in school, work, home and community. The session begins with an overview of the course and project requirements, continues with a summary of the research conducted by the team, and concludes with discussion of this case study as an example for effective preparation of inclusive educators. By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Explain the importance of preparing teachers in inclusive education, rather than separate general and special education programs; 2. Summarize the impact of firsthand service learning opportunities in teacher education; and 3. Discuss this case study as an example of effective inclusive teacher preparation.

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Whitney Rapp

Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College
Whitney Rapp is an Associate Professor of Inclusive Education. Her areas of expertise are universal design for learning; positive classroom management and behavioral support; and planning and instruction for highly diverse, inclusive classrooms. Dr. Rapp is the author of Universal... Read More →

Thursday December 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:20pm CST
Illinois Central 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103