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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 • 8:20am - 9:10am
Preparing Preservice Teachers To Provide Students with Severe Disabilities Access to the General Education Curriculum: Teacher Educators' Definitions and Practices LIMITED

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Teacher educators play a critical role in preparing prospective special education teachers to provide access to the general education curriculum for students with severe disabilities. This qualitative study investigated 11 teacher educators’ definitions of access to the general education curriculum and how the definitions influence their teacher preparation practices. Findings indicated that teacher educators’ definitions and practices are grounded in research, including an academic focus with high expectations in inclusive settings. Teacher educators prepare preservice teachers by sharing their values and philosophies, describing what is currently happening in local schools in comparison to best practice, and teaching them to be the change. The teacher educators’ definitions impacted what and how they teach about access to the general education curriculum at the preservice preparation level. Implications for future research and practice are provided.


Thursday December 1, 2016 8:20am - 9:10am
Midway Suites II 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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