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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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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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Growing up with an intellectual disability, we are often told what to do without being asked if that's something we want or even like. We wake up, and we're told what to wear. We go to school, and we're told what to learn. The weekend comes, and we're told what "fun" activity has been planned. Now, it's time for us to make our own decisions. We want to work and live on our own and this is the first step. We are going to explain and demonstrate how we plan, implement, and lead our person-centered planning meetings. First, we decide who we want to invite. We consider those who are important to us and those who have a positive impact on our lives. For some of us, that's teachers, parents, and siblings. For others, that's counselors, best friends, and co-workers. Then, we meet with our teachers and they help us develop a PowerPoint presentation that lays out are strengths, interests, short-term and long-term goals, and the support that we need to accomplish such goals. Most importantly, we are deciding our goals and identifying our needs rather than being told by someone else. We create introductions to start each meeting, so that we can inform people why we are meeting and allow everyone to introduce themselves. Once introductions are complete, we run through each slide and ask that our PCP team members add information and ask questions as we go along. We also discuss with the PCP team our progress toward reaching our goals. Being able to create and lead our own presentations about ourselves makes us feel more involved in our education. It makes us feel motivated and excited that we are getting to make our own choices, rather than someone else doing it for us.


Jesse Luca

Student, CrossingPoints - The University of Alabama

Clay Stone

Teacher, CrossingPoints - The University of Alabama

Paul Tinker

Student, CrossingPoints - The University of Alabama

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

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