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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 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Capacity Building for People Who Use Keyboards and Letter Boards to Communicate FILLING

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The purpose of this session is to engage in a discussion about building capacity for systems and inclusive environments that support people who type and use letter boards to communicate. Four nonspeaking autistic panelists will share their incredible journeys into learning to use letter boards and keyboards as their primary method of communication, along with the support systems that allowed them to be communicatively successful. The panelists include Tracy Thresher (a self-advocate who was featured in Wretches and Jabberers documentary), Larry Bissonnette (an artist and self-advocate featured in Wretches and Jabberers documentary), Emma Zurcher Long (a teenage self-advocate and blogger at Emma's Hope Book), Rhema Russell (a young self-advocate and blogger at Rhema's Hope) and Diego Pena (a 9 year-old author of bestselling book, Anatomy of Autism). The panelists will share their personal stories and insights into the approaches, supports, and systems that have been put into place to facilitate their inclusion as people who communicate differently. This session will contribute to conversations about the power of access to communication, inclusion, and equitable opportunities for people with autism. Concrete practice and policy recommendations will be discussed with educators and professionals who are increasingly being called to support the communication and educational needs of students with autism. Dr. Edlyn Pena will moderate the panel presentations and a follow-up interactive discussion.

Speakers
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Tracy Thresher

Mentor and Communication Consultant, Washington County Mental Health
Tracy Thresher is a native Vermonter who lives and works in Vermont. Tracy began using Facilitated Communication in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism in Vermont to be introduced to the method. He has presented at local, statewide and national workshops and conferences... Read More →


Thursday December 14, 2017 10:55am - 11:45am
L508 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303