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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Families and Educational Policies: Examining the Letter and Intent of the Law

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Families are extremely influential contributors to long-term student outcomes, including employment, community living, and quality of life (DD Act, 2000) and the benefits of positive family-professional relationships are numerous, including improved student academic, behavioral, and social growth, regardless of external and internal factors (Henderson & Mapp, 2002). Despite the important role of families and the recognition of families by policymakers, numerous barriers to positive family-professional relationships exist. An additional, often overlooked, barrier is the valorization of the roles of families in federal policies. Given the legacy of devalued social roles and profound influence of terminology on shaping perceptions of caregivers, terminology used in federal education legislation is especially important. In this presentation, we will (a) identify terminology used to describe caregivers and caregiver-professional interactions in federal general and special education laws (the letter of the laws), (b) use Wolfensberger's model of social role valorization as a lens to explore how this terminology influences the interpretation the law (intent of the laws), and (c) make innovative recommendations for terminology to better capture the letter and intent of the

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Grace Francis

Assistant Professor, Special Education, George Mason University

Thursday November 29, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Salon E - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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