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 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
You Can't Include Me, I'm Already IN! and Joining the Marching Band Seating Available

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This personal experience story will include vignettes from Pete's 14 years in the general education classroom and often, the general education curriculum. For teachers, Pete, a 28 year old self-advocate, will explain why students with disabilities need to be respected and expected to do their jobs at school and in extracurricular activities like Scouts. He'll explain his use of a laptop, before everyone had one in school. For families and individuals with disabilities, Pete will reflect a self-confidence born of hard lessons, self-reflection and self-talk, as well as his parents oft heard "Man up!". Pete will define what it means to him and others to have Down syndrome and he'll show you why and how, he's already IN. Pete's mom, an educator and director of a federal postsecondary education grant, will provide her own reflections on teaching and 'letting' Pete be self-determined; on strategies in school that worked and didn't work, and; how Re-visioning her dreams for Pete and teaching Pete to dream himself are vital to a self-determined life.

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Kathleen Becht

Director of Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education, University of Central Florida
My interests focus on parent issues, literacy for students with intellectual disabilities, and inclusive postsecondary education (TPSID)High Expectations!

Friday November 30, 2018 1:10pm - 2:00pm PST
Hawthorne - Second Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201