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.
Back To Schedule
Thursday, November 29 • 4:25pm - 5:15pm
The State of Inclusion for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: A Synthesized Review Seating Available

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
Limited Capacity seats available

Inclusive education rates for students with significant cognitive disabilities continues to be abysmal, even though we have decades of research illustrating positive outcomes for inclusion. By examining current research and deconstructing larger policy and practice issues, it is possible to develop innovative plans to help the field move forward. This session will bring together several strands of research and inquiry into solutions to systemic barriers for inclusive practices at the federal, state and school levels. This session will look at the current state of inclusive practices, consider the implications for federal policy and state and local practice, and then consider how to use processes from other fields, such as implementation science, to move forward. We will illustrate research related to patterns of inclusive (and segregated) contexts, school and postschool outcomes and opportunities for students who have been included in general education contexts as well as those who have not. We will examine the “Gold Standard” of research and will problematize what it means to have evidence-based practices (EBP), especially for students with IDD. This portion will identify areas of concern for identifying EBP for this population (i.e., the small “n” size of this population, the lack of research within inclusive contexts, and the reliance our field has on the single case design study). These factors combined with funding agencies typical preference for large populations and randomized controlled trials, effectively limit the level of research we are able to do and support we are able to systematically provide to educators working with this population. Next, we will report initial findings and recommendations from a national cohort of experts who explored and identified best practices for students with IDD and future research and policy needs at the student, classroom and school, state and federal levels.

avatar for Jennifer Kurth

Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
avatar for Mary Morningstar

Mary Morningstar

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Taub

Deborah Taub

Director, OTL Education Solutions
avatar for Amy Toson

Amy Toson

Assistant Professor, Cardinal Stritch University
I have been working with districts and schools, both nationally and internationally, for well over 15 years in the area of inclusive education capacity building and systems change. I began her career as a K-12 inclusive education teacher and moved into the role of consultant working... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 4:25pm - 5:15pm PST
Mt. Hood - Second Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201