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 • 8:30am - 9:20am
Friends Matter! A Multi-method Study of Social Opportunities in an Inclusive District Seating Available

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Friendships are personally valuable and developmentally important relationships for all people, yet friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) remain infrequent, even in inclusive classrooms and schools. To address this challenge, this study examined a) student social interactions through naturalistic observation in inclusive settings, b) student perspectives on friendships through focus group interviews with students with and without disabilities, and c) student social preferences and classroom connections through social network analysis. The setting included two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in a school district that valued inclusive education in the northeastern United States. This presentation aligns with the conference's "Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life" theme in that it emphasizes the possibility and benefits of friendship for all students, as well as the importance of social opportunities more so than students' social skills in friendship development.

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Zach Rossetti

Associate Professor, Boston University
I am an Associate Professor of Special Education at Boston University's Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Talk to me about inclusive education, friendships between students with and without disabilities, family engagement in their children's IEPs, and sibling roles... Read More →

Friday November 30, 2018 8:30am - 9:20am
Columbia - First Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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