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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.
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Thursday, November 29 • 9:45am - 10:35am
High Expectations and Collaboration: The Foundation for Innovation During Transition Seating Available

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Transitioning from high school to adulthood is difficult for many young adults with disabilities (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 2017). Many students with disabilities have lower rates of diploma attainment (Hendricks & Wehman, 2009), employment (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018), participation in postsecondary education or training programs (Grigal et al., 2011), and independent living outside of the family home (Hendricks & Wehman, 2009), as compared to young adults without disabilities. However, individualized transition planning embodied by high expectations and collaboration among students with disabilities, families, and professionals can improve positive post-school outcomes of students with disabilities (Francis et al., 2018; Haber et al., 2016; Wehman, 2013). While there is substantial research on what constitutes effective individualized transition planning, we have far less knowledge of expectations. How do we define high expectations? And from where or by whom are our expectations developed and influenced? What influence does culture have on expectations? This session will feature 3 panel presenters from differing backgrounds who will (a) provide an overview of the research on expectations among key collaborative stakeholders such as individuals with disabilities, educators, service providers, and caregivers; (b) present research-based and practical methods for enhancing expectations and collaboration during transition; and (c) facilitate participant conversation related to their perceptions of and influencers of high expectations and what it means to them.

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Grace Francis

Assistant Professor, Special Education, George Mason University
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Sean Roy

Training Associate, TransCen, Inc.
State Liaison for the YES! Center and lead staff on the RRTC on VR Practices and Youth. I am an experienced trainer with a focus on transition age youth and family engagement.

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am PST
Meadowlark - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201