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This year’s theme, “Celebrating 40 Years of Progressive Leadership,” acknowledges TASH’s 40 years of generating change within the disability community and anticipates a brighter, more inclusive future for people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Each year, the TASH Conference impacts the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world.

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Thursday, December 3 • 1:20pm - 2:10pm
Voices of Exclusion: Nonspeaking Youth Advocate for Inclusive Education FILLING

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Despite demonstration of comprehension and ability to communicate through alternative means, nonspeaking students with significant motor impairments have been denied a meaningful education. A diverse panel of young adults with autism will present their experience of exclusion from general education. They will discuss their desire for age appropriate, general education and dispel current thinking about nonspeaking people with autism. Moderated by Elizabeth Vosseller, CCC-SLP, the panel will highlight the difference between speech and language and offer strategies for inclusion in general education settings. Our panel is grateful for 40 years of progressive leadership; they represent the next 40 years.

OBJECTIVES: 1. Distinguish the difference between speech (motor) and language (cognitive) 2. Describe one or more strategies for the successful inclusion of nonspeaking students in general education settings 3. Discuss the ability of students with significant motor impairments to actively participate in a live, interactive panel discussion, thus any general education setting 4. List the benefits of including nonspeaking students in general education settings.

Speakers
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Niko Boskovic

Niko is an autistic young man who relies on a letterboard for communication. He attended a RPM [rapid prompting method] training with Elizabeth Vosseller, M.A., CCC-SLP of Growing Kids Therapy, in October 2014, where he quickly took to this low-tech assistive technology. | | Homeschooled since first grade, Niko entered ninth grade fully included at a local charter school this fall, and has thrived academically. He is the first student in... Read More →
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Liam Paquin

Self advocate, Liam Paquin, will be part of a diverse panel of young adults presenting Voices of Exclusion: Nonspeaking Youth Advocate for Inclusion Education. | He will discuss his experience of exclusion from general education. Liam will discuss his desire for age appropriate, general education and dispel current thinking about nonspeaking people with autism.   | | See Liam's video HERE
avatar for Elizabeth L. Vosseller, M.A., CCC-SLP

Elizabeth L. Vosseller, M.A., CCC-SLP

Director, SLP, Growing Kids Therapy Center
Elizabeth Vosseller has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since 1995. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Maryland. Elizabeth has focused her career in both academia and therapeutic practice. As a Professor and Clinical Supervisor at The George Washington University she taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in the Speech-Language and Education... Read More →
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Huan Voung

Huan Vuong is 18 years old, a student at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA. After years of silence, Huan now has found his true voice with Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). He is a leader in the Autism community and an advocate for those who still do not have a voice.


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Thursday December 3, 2015 1:20pm - 2:10pm
Douglas 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201