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.

Thursday, November 29 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Utilizing Family Talents to Create Inclusive Environments Seating Available

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In this breakout session, I will present a project I completed with my extended family to better include my daughter in family activities. My daughter has multiple disabilities and challenges including: global developmental disability, cortical vision impairment (CVI), provisional diagnosis of autism, sleep disturbance, learning to use a choice board to communicate, and uses a walker to move around. The purpose of the project was to get my extended family more involved in my daughter's life by understanding her diagnosis, supporting her to become a self-advocate, while working to create future leaders in special education, law, and disability. Using Fullan's model of creating effective leadership, I developed a plan in which I first interviewed extended family members about their understandings of disability. We then worked together to create adapted books and calendars for my daughter, read and discussed a literary text about children with disabilities, and discussed what least restrictive environment means and what it looks like. Through this collaboration, we created an inclusive family environment allowing my daughter to be included and make decisions about family activities. We also learned more about each other's strengths and talents. Through this presentation I will share how family members each have a unique trait and unique talents which can be utilized to support each other in leadership, how to become a self-advocate and how to advocate for others, and improved quality of life for family members with a disability. I will then share a literature review on the research examining how to better support families when creating an inclusive family dynamic, improve quality of life for all family members, and support family members to become advocates.

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Jorden Morales

Doctorate Student
I am a mother of child with multiple disabilities, a doctorate student in the special education department, and a teacher. My interest is in learning more about providing educational services to students with disabilities and peer-support programs in the elementary and secondary... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Salon G - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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