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Thursday, December 3 • 1:20pm - 3:10pm
TASH Transition Roundtable: Expanding Secondary Inclusion and Improving Postschool Outcomes LIMITED

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The TASH Transition Roundtable is a special event that will comprise of a 2-hour Roundtable Discussion that is open to audience participation, and a 1-hour Working discussion among invited participants to draft a working document. The purpose of this Roundtable is to respond to 3 broad questions:

1. What is TASH’s position on the configuration and makeup of transition services both during high school, 18-21 transition programs, and adult services?
2. What is TASH’s unique contribution to the issues associated with transition to adulthood for youth with significant disabilities?
3. What can we do (individually and collectively) to facilitate changes in transition practices and programs, supporting families, professionals and systems to start “where they are”?

The format for the Roundtable will be to include a panel of 3 experts, who will each frame 3-5 critical issues from the reference point of inclusive education, effective transition programs, and integrated employment outcomes. The panelists will briefly present, and then engage with audience to further discuss the relevant issues to answer the overarching questions.

This is a critical topic given the legal, legislative, research evidence, and societal changes in expectations for quality of life outcomes for young adults with significant disabilities. It is well documented that youth with significant disabilities experience the poorest employment outcomes (Sanford et al., 2011). The prevalence of segregated employment programs combined with low expectations is also a result of limited access to transition services that prepare students for integrated employment. Understanding critical contextual factors influencing barriers and facilitators is needed to promote systemic change.

The importance of providing youth with severe disabilities with effective and evidence-based career development and work experiences prior to exiting transition services is a well-established, widely held, and professionally accepted. There is proof of predictive relationships between the types of employment preparation and transition services students with disabilities receive while in school and their long-term employment outcomes. Students must be provided effective preparation to make informed, meaningful choices for competitive, integrated work.

Recent research and models of inclusive education support the importance of secondary students with significant disabilities learning essential “soft skills” for employment (e.g., communication skills, problem-solving, teamwork, etc.) which are best taught and practiced in inclusive settings. For many researchers and practitioners engaged in secondary inclusive education, the historical approach of segregating students from general education context in order to teach “functional skills” has shown little evidence of improved postschool outcomes.

This Transition Roundtable will specifically examine the current understand and research that aligns inclusive secondary educational experiences (middle school and high school) with post-high school transition programs and postsecondary education enrollment with the strong evidence associated with school and work-based learning that promotes expectations and experiences leading to integrated employment outcomes. An essential outcome is to reach consensus on the intersection between inclusive education and access to an array of school and work-based learning needed to achieve a positive and inclusive adult working life.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan

President, Marc Gold & Associates
Customized Employment, Discovery, Job Development, Systematic Instruction, consulting, certification, inclusive community planning
avatar for Erik Carter

Erik Carter

Professor, Vanderbilt University
Erik is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his doctoral work in the area of severe disabilities at Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate work in Christian Education at Wheaton College. His research... Read More →
avatar for Mary Morningstar

Mary Morningstar

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition... Read More →


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

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