2017 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, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

Wednesday, December 13 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Living Life in Color: Tools for Support Teams to Promote Community Inclusion LIMITED

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"The colors of lifes journey should be bold and brilliant. Many people's lives are gray. People can be safe and happy, but gray. We bring bold color when we strive for opportunities." -Jeff Strully At KFI, we believe that paid and natural supports for people with intellectual disabilities must focus on full community participation, with opportunities to work, live and engage alongside neighbors. This is more than just a philosophy. It calls for a constant re-examination of our practices and outcomes. For the past two TASH conferences, KFI has shared some of the strategies we have learned that support all people, particularly people with challenging behavior, to live lives of full inclusion in their communities. After each of these sessions, our audience has asked for more information about how to engage support teams: staff, families, neighbors, friends, etc., in doing this challenging work. This Session will focus on facilitating the teamwork necessary to move beyond the mundane and engage people in meaningful lives. Our work builds on true person centered planning and requires a team that believes in the person and the community; a team that can see possibilities and build capacity for both. In our experience, this dream team does not just "happen". It requires thoughtful and emboldening leadership and communication. In a system where getting paid often means getting people "ready for life", it is too easy to get sidetracked with things like personal care routines, housework and laundry, meal preparation, and checkbook balancing. We don't necessarily look forward to doing these things; but they are precursors to work and leisure pursuits. This presentation will offer strategies to challenge teams to consider how the way they provide daily supports impacts how the person supported lives their life and contributes to their community. With positive proactive leadership, support teams can meet complex daily needs, at the same time they are doing the important work of building connections and supporting community life engagement.

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Gail Fanjoy

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Lyann Grogan

Director of Training & Outreach, KFI
After ten years of working in a segregated Mental Health setting as a Music Therapist at New Hampshire Hospital and serving as a member of the National Music Therapy Association’s Training Committee LyAnn found inspiration. She was inspired by KFI's mission to provide supports... Read More →
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Laurie Kimball

Director of Planning & Team Development, KFI
Laurie Kimball is Director of Planning and Team Development for KFI, which has 4 offices in Maine. Laurie works with support teams to create opportunities for all people to live in typical homes, work in competitive jobs, nurture valued relationships, and be fully participating members... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
L503 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Attendees (30)