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.

Friday, December 15 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
The Road to Communication Access Goes Through Training LIMITED

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In the TASH Resolution on the Right to Communicate (2016), training for both communication users and their support partners is identified as a critical element of gaining "access to communication". What communication training should look like and how it can be supported in schools, agencies and community settings are important questions to look at in providing it to communication users and their support partners. The purpose of this session will be to describe the key components of the communication training process and share strategies for developing systems for training on both an organizational and geographic region level. The presenters are members of the Wellspring Guild, an organization that focuses on developing training for facilitated communication (FC) based on best practices in the use of this method of communication. One of the members of Wellspring Guild who is an experienced FC user and trainer in FC will share his story of how access to training for himself and his communication partners has enabled him to fully develop his communication skills and achieve success as a disability rights activist, training consultant, and nationally known speaker on topics such as autism, communication, and inclusion. He will also discuss his advocacy work in shaping policies that support communication rights and access to training and support services for communication users in the state that he lives in.

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Pascal Cheng

Education and Communication Specialist, Howard Center
I currently work for the Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont as an educational and communication specialist, providing training and consultation in the areas of augmentative/alternative communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities... Read More →
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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 →

Friday December 15, 2017 1:10pm - 2:00pm
L506 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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