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Thursday, December 3 • 8:20am - 10:10am
Sound the Alarm: Addressing the Ongoing Crisis in Communication Services and Supports LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Current evidence suggests that many persons with significant support needs are not receiving the supports and services they require to communicate successfully across environments. In schools, individuals are being denied access to successful supports because they are not deemed "evidence based" while other individuals are denied access because they are required to demonstrate competence before given an opportunity to learn. In this session, panel members will review the existing evidence, describe existing legislation and guidance related to the crisis, and call participants to action in continuing 40 years of progressive leadership by joining a work group to address the crisis.

Objectives: As a result of this session participants will be able to:
1. describe trends in the recent research related to the communication skills of school-aged students with significant support needs.
2. identify reasons why the ongoing crisis in communication services and supports exist.
3. describe one or more actions or activities that might effectively address the crisis and increase access to appropriate communication services and supports.

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Sue Swenson

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
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Barb Trader

Executive Director, TASH
Barb Trader is Executive Director of TASH, a progressive advocacy organization that advances inclusion and human rights of people with significant disabilities and complex needs. In her role at TASH, Barb leads APRAIS (Alliance for Prevention of Restraint, Aversive Intervention and... 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.

Thursday December 3, 2015 8:20am - 10:10am PST
Salon I 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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