2018 TASH Conference has ended
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.
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Friday, November 30 • 1:10pm - 4:10pm
Speaking Out About Abuse When You Can't Find the Words

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Limited research exists on abuse (physical, sexual, verbal/emotional, mental/psychological, financial/economic, and cultural/identity) amongst individuals with significant disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), despite the urgent need. Some studies have found that over 70% of people with disabilities reported they had been victims of abuse (Baladerian, Coleman, & Stream, 2013). Restricted access to vocabulary (Baladerian, 1991) and lack of communicative competency (Isaacs, Ericson, & Perlman, 1994) are barriers to detection and disclosure of abuse by individuals who use AAC (Collier, McGhie-Richmond, Odette, & Pyne, 2006). The Speaking Out About Abuse When You Can't Find the Words session will provide information on a systematic review of the literature on abuse amongst this population. Participants will also learn how to assess abuse-related vocabulary accessibility and strategies to teach abuse-related vocabulary. Implications for individuals who use AAC, parents and guardians, teachers, and related service providers will be shared. While vocabulary accessibility might not be considered innovative, many individuals with significant disabilities are primarily taught vocabulary around making requests. Students often have communication boards filled entirely with foods and other reinforcers. Denying access and education on abuse-related vocabulary infringes on the basic human rights of individuals with complex communication needs. This session aims to open discussion about barriers to this instruction and strategies for full access to communication.

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Katherine Reese

Special Education Major in 5 Year MAT Program, Research Assistant, The College of New Jersey
I am currently a Senior Special Education Major at TCNJ, pursuing a 5 year M.A.T. I am looking to work in an inclusive classroom setting, and to gain skills both to use in my own future classroom to create meaningfully inclusive environments, and to create systemic change in the schools... Read More →

Friday November 30, 2018 1:10pm - 4:10pm PST
Mt. Hood - Second Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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