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.

Friday, November 30 • 8:30am - 9:20am
The Impact of a Study Abroad Experience for Professionals and Graduate Students who Work with Low Incidence Populations Seating Available

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We will share the impact of conducting a study abroad course to Botswana, Africa on the participants' ability to create curricular projects/activities using 21st Century Standards and the integration of African culture and language. These plans will be used to teach cultural diversity lessons to North Carolina K-12 students, students with severe disabilities will be included in the lessons. Special education teachers and speech and language pathologist will partner together to facilitate inclusion. In this session, the presenters will share lecture, pictures, video and examples of lesson plans created by the study abroad participants. A total of 12 professionals from North Carolina participated in a study abroad course. There were 4 speech and language pathologist, 4 speech and language pathology graduate students, 4 special education teachers (low incidence) and 4 special education graduate students (adapted curriculum). The participants traveled to Botswana in the summer of 2018 through a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) Program. This GPA program focused on an exchange of information about educational practices in the United States and Botswana with a focus on speech-language pathology and special education for low incidence disabilities in school settings. The participants attended 12 cultural activities such as safaris, farmer's markets, Victoria Falls, etc. They received in country Setswana language instruction from Botswana educators. The participants visited 8 schools across Botswana to observe instruction for students with low incidence disabilities and acquire information about school services and instruction practices. The speech and language pathologist were paired with the special education professionals and the professionals in the Botswana schools to create curriculum projects about the language, history, culture and art of Botswana. These resources will be shared with attendees at this workshop, so they may use them in their school practice to enrich the cultural competence of students in the United States.

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Karina Cooper-Duffy

Profession in Special Education, Western Carolina University

Friday November 30, 2018 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon G - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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