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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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Friday, December 15 • 8:30am - 10:25am
Supported Decision Making: A Family's Perspective LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Supported Decision Making: A Family's Perspective Supported decision making is a time tested, culturally typical, and powerful way of making decisions and governing one's life. However, despite all of the advocacy efforts to ensure that people with disabilities are recognized in the rightful role as a citizens, we still find that when you live with a disability, you are vulnerable to being controlled and having decisions made for and about you i.e., where you will live, where and how you will spend your day, who you can socialize with, etc. One of the clearest examples of the perpetuation of control of people with disabilities is the often routine advice that is given to parents to assume guardianship of or to appoint a guardian for their family member with a disability. This session will look at the concept of supported decision making through the eyes of a family who is committed to respecting the rights of their daughter as a citizen to make decisions and control her life. The potency, benefits, viability, and structure of supported decision making will be discussed. Their daughter's leadership and the family journey to supported decision making will be shared.


Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am EST
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A