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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.

Friday, December 15 • 8:30am - 9:20am
What works? Stories of Successful Leadership in the Lives, Groups and Communities of People with Intellectual Disabilities LIMITED

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The interest of this research is in the lens of leadership through knowledge gathered from and with the self advocate community through a series of "community conversations," focus groups and literature reviews. It is often an assumption that leadership is a somewhat singular, rare quality in limited supply, based on individualistic qualities which perhaps more than anything else, exist at the far end of an imaginary meritocratic scale, where people are smartest, quickest and most powerful. This research demonstrates that people with intellectual disabilities perform leadership and demonstrate capacity to lead, sometimes in traditional, individualistic ways but more frequently in relational, interdependent ways that focus on what emerges from and within the groups they are part of. Their leadership may look different than we expect, but once we acknowledge and understand their capacity and methods we might better incorporate them into projects and initiatives that support social change, to the benefit of their peers and the communities they are part of. Self advocates who assisted in the design of the research created an iterative framework with constant touch-points to return the growing body of information to their community. This research exemplifies the theme of "Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion" by including people with disabilities in research design, facilitation and dissemination on a topic of interest to them through a social constructionist framework.

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Liz Etmanski

Elizabeth Etmanski is an Artist based in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Having won an award for her artistic passions in Secondary School, she went on to become the first person with Down Syndrome to graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She... Read More →
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Aaron Johannes

Director of Training, Research and Development, Spectrum Society
Spectrum Society supports about 140 folks in their neighbourhoods in individualised ways in greater Vancouver. We have also been involved in small press publishing, self advocate supports, community based research and training for other groups. I am also a board member for TLC in... Read More →
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Shelley Nessman

Consultant, In the Company of Others

Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 9:20am
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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