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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
The Impact of Coercive Behavior Techniques on Children of All Ages Seating Available

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Comfort vs. control is a simple idea centered on the belief that people inherently want to do well, and those with disabilities are no exception. The use of coercive behavior techniques such as restraints and seclusions are antithetical to this philosophy. These techniques are not only harmful but also may be discriminatory toward those with disabilities. According to the Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection, nearly 70,000 students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act were restrained or secluded in 2013-14; one in every 100 students with disabilities is impacted. In another study, NPR and Propublica found that, despite representing only 12% of the public school population, students with disabilities comprise two-thirds of the children who are physically restrained or secluded from their classmates annually. Imagine being a parent of a child or adult with an intellectual or developmental disability, knowing that there is a higher likelihood that he or she will experience this type of trauma-inducing treatment? Life does not need to be this way. In fact, a trauma-informed experience exists which is safer for both those receiving and providing care. When an individual with a disability is struggling, it is our responsibility to determine why and teach the skills necessary for success. In this presentation, we will share the experiences of two parents whose children are at different life stages and have very different capabilities and. It will demonstrate that the impact of restraints and seclusions are felt by individuals a broad spectrum. Similarly, it will highlight how a trauma-informed, restraint-free approach helps individuals to thrive. The presentation will also include a discussion of how those in a position to care for individuals with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities (families, therapists, educators, among others) can apply the tenants of comfort vs. control. Kimberly Sanders, President of Ukeru Systems, will facilitate the discussion and will highlight how her parent organization, Grafton Integrated Health Network, reduced restraints by more than 98% and eliminate seclusions entirely. She will provide concrete steps other organizations can take to: 1. Implement a trauma-informed approach; 2. Create a supportive, caregiving environment sensitive to clients' past experiences of violence and victimization; and 3. Help individuals thrive in the least restrictive environment consistent with achieving the best outcome.

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Sean Campbell

I am interested in improving my abilities to become a better advocate for educational policies and civil rights. I am also interested in meeting and talking to like-minded people about the need to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in educational settings. I would love to... Read More →
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Rhonda Richardson

Grafton Adult Services Parent

Friday November 30, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Portland - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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