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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 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
A Roadmap for Partnering to Create Meaningful Self-Determined Lives LIMITED

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During this workshop, we will share strategies that are designed to embrace the principles of person-centered planning, self-direction and supported decision making, all of which increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy full citizenship and maintain choice and control over their long-term services and supports (LTSS). These strategies provide people, professionals, and caregivers with reliable techniques to re-imagine the possibilities for meeting increasing support needs and achieving individual goals. Just as the civil rights movement had leaders from varying backgrounds, true citizenship and community inclusion for people with different abilities is not possible without the efforts and partnership of individuals and organizations who have varying roles in the long-term services and supports system and the community as a whole. This engaging and interactive workshop will provide opportunities for attendees to learn how three Wisconsin partners - a self-advocate, a representative state advocacy organization Disabilities, and a long-term care self-directed service provider organization collaborate to advance true citizenship and community inclusion for people with disabilities. Attendees will learn from an individual whose resilience has created a life that has spanned early experiences in a state institution to her current leadership role as executive director of a statewide advocacy organization. They will hear from a representative of Wisconsin's Board for People with Developmental Disabilities about strategies to build grassroots advocacy networks that empower all individuals to be heard in their communities. The presentation team also includes representatives from an organization that operates one of the largest and most comprehensive self-directed long-term services and support programs in the country. Self-direction and advocacy put the person and their loved ones in the driver's seat to control where, when, and how supports are provided. We will show you ways to help facilitate that. Choice and control through self-direction benefits not only the person, but can produce tangible benefits for state programs as well. Individuals self-directing their long-term services and supports through the Wisconsin IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) program have, on average, spent 83% of their allocated budgets. You will learn how self-direction has engaged individuals, as well as their family and support networks, to implement real change. You'll also learn how to expand the capacity for services that sustain full lives and create valued roles in local communities. Approximately 90 percent of individuals live in a home that they own, rent, or share with family or friends, and less than two percent are disenrolled from the program due to placement in a licensed facility, including nursing homes.

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Patti Jo Becker

Manager of Community Partnerships, TMG by Magellan Health
Patti Jo Becker, M.S. brings more than 25 years of experience and passion to her current role. Her professional and personal life activities continue to influence the diverse fabric of self-directed long-term care supports. Patti’s work experiences include provider roles of direct... Read More →
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Dave Verban

Sr Learning and Development Consultant, TMG by Magellan Health
Dave Verban is an advocate, a teacher, and an ally, who is interested in citizenship, equity, access, and community. He is currently TMG’s Senior Learning and Development Consultant, supporting TMG’s culture of partnership by ensuring the principles of self-determination and person-centered... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
M302 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303