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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
Desperately Seeking Inclusion LIMITED

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This panel of nonspeaking autistics, who spell on letter boards or keyboards to communicate, will describe their ongoing struggle for inclusion in general education. Huan Vuong, Ian Nordling, Tom Pruyn, and Matthew Lager are autistic teens who have advocated for themselves through numerous requests, IEP meetings, and demonstrations of their cognitive abilities to be allowed access to meaningful education. Despite their self-advocacy, they have met consistent refusal to accept their use spelling/typing as a means of communication and therefore have been unable to successfully participate in inclusive education. The panelists will share their stories along with strategies to support the communication of nonspeaking autistics in general education. . Understand the difference between speech and cognition. Recognize acceptance of all communication as fundamental human right. Learn strategies to include nonspeaking students in general education.


Thursday December 1, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Grand A 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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