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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
Parents with Disabilities Discriminated Against in Family Courts LIMITED

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Ms. Stephenson is an autistic self advocate and author. In 2015, she was served with Family Court papers regarding her then, eight year old son, whom also has autism. At the time Ms. Stephenson was not concerned. However, she soon learned that it didn't matter how smart she was, or how many people testified that she was competent, 35 states still have laws stripping individuals like Ms. Stephenson of their Parental Rights. The only thing Ms. Stephenson did wrong, she did not hide her disability from the courts. Even if she could have, the Court used a documentary Ms. Stephenson participated in (a TASH documentary) against her in Court. Ms. Stephenson has researched cases across the Country and the United Kingdom similar to her own. She would like to use this presentation as a way to begin an open dialogue and organizing the Disability Community to overturn the laws in place and replace them with laws that protect Parents with Disabilities in Family Court. Parents with Disabilities are not being given an Opportunity to participate in Family Courts. The Family Court Laws in place discriminate against Parents with Disabilities and Family Courts do not adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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

Attendees (8)