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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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Wednesday, November 30 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Opening Doors to Inclusion for Nonspeaking Autistic Students through Creative Collaboration LIMITED

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Our panel of professionals, will present their collaborative efforts to support nonspeaking students who spell to communicate in their efforts to access meaningful education. Educator, Kelsey Aughey, educates students at grade level by supporting their methods of alternative communication.  Shelley Carnes, Administrator for the Hirsch Academy has established a network of school administrators across the country who embrace alternative communication for their learners. Hirsch serves as a model for other schools, public and private who seek ways to embrace nonspeaking students. SLP, Elizabeth Vosseller, teaches students the requisite motor skills to spell or type to communicate. Once fluent, students are able to participate in education, community and self-advocacy. Samantha Crane, attorney for ASAN is actively supporting the communicative rights of nonspeaking autistics who are being denied access to their communication method, and therefore to inclusion, in their public schools in a Title II complaint with the US Department of Justice. The panel will speak to their successes, challenges and ongoing efforts as well as suggestions for inclusion of nonspeaking autistics.   



Wednesday November 30, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Grand F 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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