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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, “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.


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Wednesday, December 13 • 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Pennhurst: A Legacy of Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion in Disability Rights LIMITED

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Pennhurst, the infamous Pennsylvania institution opened in 1908 and finally shut down in 1987, established a legacy of social equity and human rights in disability policy, advocacy, litigation, and laws. It stands as both an epicenter and a microcosm of America's Disability Civil Rights Movement in realms of education, fair treatment, and community life. Its story is especially germane to this year's threatened cuts to Medicaid funding for individual supports and services necessary to live in the community. Against the backdrop of twelve beautifully illustrated panels chronicling Pennhurst's history, our eyewitnesses will present a story of the human costs of this failed "institutional model of care" that prevailed across our nation and the world from the 20th century to the present day. Pennhurst taught all of us why segregating individuals with intellectual and severe disabilities was and continues to be so dehumanizing and so wrong. Ultimately, the famous Pennhurst Longitudinal Study, which has been replicated many times over, proved scientifically that people are much "better off" living in the community in terms of equity, opportunity, inclusion, and consequently quality of life. Since past is often prologue, this story must be retold to current and future generations ─ so that we discontinue and never repeat these mistakes again.


Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:15pm - 3:30pm
L401 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Attendees (34)