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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Thursday, November 29 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
College is Possible: The REACH Program at the College of Charleston Seating Available

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The REACH Program at College of Charleston celebrates those individuals who strive for more than is expected. The inclusive program is designed to reach into the entire college community of faculty, staff and students to benefit everyone on campus. By working together, professors begin utilizing new teaching techniques, students looking to work in teaching and psychology (among other fields) refine their skills in relating to people, and traditional students learn more about themselves as they interact with REACH students on a daily basis. The REACH Program promotes four pillars of success—academics, increased social skills, development of independent living skills, and career development. REACH students have access to every aspect of college life: classes with typical students, on-campus living, ability to join clubs, take part in social events and complete internships while attending. College IS possible with the REACH Program. The REACH Program embraces the principles of access and equity to all opportunities in society, and promotes the advancement of academic knowledge, social skills, independent living skills, and career options for individuals with disabilities. The structure of the program most closely aligns with the inclusive individual support model described by Hart, Grigal, Sax, Martinex, and Will (2006). Students have access to all College of Charleston classes and activities, with supports including the following: • Typical College of Charleston courses; • Traditional on-campus housing; • Internships on and off campus for career development; • Life skills, self-advocacy, and study skills training; • recreation and exercise facilities, sporting events, and student clubs; • Support for social, academic, and professional integration. Within the inclusive courses, each student in the REACH Program participates in the full curriculum with typical peers, but will be responsible for learning a portion of that curriculum with assignments and exams modified to meet each student’s individual needs.

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Edie Cusack

Executive Director, REACH Program College of Charleston
Edie Cusack has been advocating for and educating students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Inclusion and self-determination are the philosophies she incorporated into the REACH Program, a postsecondary certificate program for students with intellectual... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 1:05pm - 1:55pm PST
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