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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 - 9:20am
Elevating Olmstead Advocacy: Lessons from Georgia's Olmstead Experience LIMITED

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Georgia is the Olmstead state. We brought the Olmstead case, experienced the slow progress of Olmstead planning, and then obtained the first and most extensive Justice Department Olmstead Settlement in 2010. Since then, we have made major strides in transforming our mental health system, but slow progress in transforming our systems for people with developmental disabilities and physical disabilities. Throughout this process, we have learned lessons in (1) self-advocacy; (2) coalition building of stakeholders; (3) systems transformation in agencies, housing, and state Olmstead planning, (4) peer supports; (5) litigating Olmstead; and (6) seeking comprehensive Olmstead settlements and remedies. This presentation will demonstrate the important lessons for future Olmstead advocacy from Georgia's experience -- the experience of the Olmstead state. This presentation will directly align with the conference theme, "Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion," because it will provide concrete lessons for self-advocates and advocates from Georgia's experience transforming from a state that had a 19th century system of institutionalizing people with disabilities to 21st century opportunities for inclusion, independence, and meaningful opportunities to participate, work, and live in the community for people with significant disabilities.

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Talley Wells

attorney, ALAS
Talley works with the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia to educate law students and others about the Olmstead Supreme Court decision. Up until November, Talley was the Director of the Disability Integration Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid... Read More →

Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 9:20am EST
L505 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303