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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 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Project EPIC: Evidence-based Practices and Interdisciplinary Collaboration LIMITED

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This session will provide an overview of Project EPIC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a federally-funded program to train educators in evidence-based, inclusive practices for students with significant disabilities. A collaboration between the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at the Waisman Center, students engage in coursework and field experiences, including research practica, community practica, service-learning, policy activities, and general and special education field experiences. Through the LEND program, students participate in leadership development activities, a family mentor experience, case-based learning, and research and community or clinical practica. Students also participate in weekly interdisciplinary seminars with students from diverse fields serving individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan, such as occupational therapy, genetic counseling, psychology, and rehabilitation medicine. Students exit the program with a LEND certificate in addition to cross-categorical and intellectual disability teaching certificates. We will describe the cornerstones of the program and lessons learned for developing special education teachers in evidence-based practices and interdisciplinary collaboration. Current faculty and students affiliated with the program will share about their experiences, and will provide recommendations for future program development. . After this session, participants will be able to: 1. Apply the principles of Project EPIC to their own teacher education programs. 2. Describe the benefits of interdisciplinary training as part of a teacher preparation program. 3. Understand the challenges and successes of the first year of the program, and apply lessons learned to developing other teacher education programs for inclusive education.


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

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