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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.
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Friday, November 30 • 9:35am - 10:25am
Parent Leadership and Civic Engagement: Suggestions for the Next IDEA Reauthorization Seating Available

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004 and is due to be updated again, presenting a long-overdue opportunity to improve the education of over six million children with disabilities. Despite parental participation being a core IDEA principle and parents being experts on both their children and the experience of receiving special education services, individual parent input has been frequently under-represented during the opportunity to provide feedback in prior reauthorizations. Culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) parents may feel especially disempowered to advocate due to systemic barriers. The impending reauthorization of IDEA presents a prime opportunity to increase civic engagement by CLD parents of children with disabilities. In this study, we asked parents of children with disabilities across four states to provide videotaped testimonies about their concerns and suggested changes regarding IDEA. This focus aligns with the conference's "Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life" theme in that it represents a novel approach to parent advocacy with its broader focus on civic engagement and contributes needed research about parent civic engagement in the context of the eventual IDEA reauthorization.

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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 9:35am - 10:25am PST
Meadowlark - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201