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.

Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
My Meeting, My Future LIMITED

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As students with intellectual disabilities, our choices and futures are often made for us. We've been told what we want to eat, even if we didn't like it; what we should wear, even if we thought it was ugly; and what jobs we'd be best for, even if we had no interest. People have been carving our paths for us since we were children, but not anymore. It's time for us to carve our own paths. No longer are we going to sit through our IEP meetings and listen to our teachers and parents talk about us, but not engage us. We are going to explain and demonstrate how we lead our own IEP meetings and, ultimately, decide our own futures. First, we meet with our teachers, and they help us develop IEP presentations. To start, we write introductions, where we explain why we are meeting and ask people to introduce themselves to the meeting. After introductions, we run through our IEP presentation, which we complete using PowerPoint and Google Slides. We also have the options to bring work samples to show what we've been doing in school. Our presentations include all of the main and important parts to our IEP, such as our strengths, interests, needs, long-term goals, annual goals, and services. Most importantly, we identify what we need and what we want our goals to be. Our presentations align with the IEP document so IEP team members can easily follow along. After we present a slide, we ask that other team members add information or ask us questions if something needs cleared up. Having the opportunity to create our own IEP presentations and lead our own IEP meetings improves our self-determination and self-advocacy skills. It makes us feel important and more involved in our education. We are no longer sitting back and waiting on others. We are becoming independent.

Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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