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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.

Thursday, November 29 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Addressing Issues Important to the Lives of People with Disabilities Using the World Cafe Filling

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Social, economic, and physical barriers facing people with disabilities are multi-faceted issues that persist despite top-down programmatic and legislative initiatives. More collaborative approaches are needed at the level of individual communities to bring together the voices of citizens who are the most impacted, most passionate, and best positioned to make change. This session outlines one community-engagement approach, the World Cafe, that can be used to increase community awareness, promote systems change, and improve outcomes for people with disabilities and their families. We present the findings of a systematic review of 28 studies reporting on 139 World Cafe events involving more than 4,600 community members. The events focused on eight disability categories, and spanned a wide range of topics including integrated employment, approaches to service delivery, school- and community-based supports, community inclusion, and disability awareness. Findings offer insight for researchers and practitioners using the World Cafe model into the myriad issues World Cafe events have addressed, versatility of the model, and social validity of the model. Further, we outline quality indicators to improve the rigor and reporting of future studies.

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Jennifer L. Bumble

Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University
Jennifer Bumble, M.Ed. is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a special educator in Texas and an ESL educator in South Korea. Jennifer also worked as an educational consultant with the Vanderbilt... Read More →
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Erik Carter

Professor, Vanderbilt University
Erik Carter is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting inclusion, belonging, and valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Sunstone - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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