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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.

Thursday, December 14 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Creating the Change We Need: Leadership Training for Self-Advocates LIMITED

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Project ACTION! is a successful established self-advocacy group in Washington, DC. Current leaders realized that there needed to be many more self-advocacy leaders if they were going to address all of the issues they hear about at meetings AND if they were going to create needed changes. Therefore, they developed a six-month leadership training program and recruited current and potential members interested in taking charge of their lives and making changes that are important to them. Some changes related to programs, services and systems. Other changes focused on relationships, attitudes of others, limited opportunities and not being treated with respect. Initial sessions focused on Finding Your Voice, Identifying Issues that are Important to You, and Taking Charge of Your Life. Later sessions focused on Running and Participating in Meetings, Serving on Boards, Talking So That People Will Listen, and the many roles played by self-advocates. Some of the training involved fun interactive role-playing, so that people could practice and learn in a safe non-threatening place. New self-advocates were paired with more experienced self-advocacy leaders, who could help them practice new skills and build their confidence. Project ACTION! has always wanted to mentor the next generation of self-advocates. These leadership academies were a great start in identifying and supporting younger self-advocates so that they can move into leadership positions. In this interactive session, self-advocates and supporters can learn approaches from each other.

Thursday December 14, 2017 3:20pm - 4:10pm
M304 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Attendees (25)