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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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Film Festival [clear filter]
Wednesday, December 13


About the Film Festival
In addition to the hundreds of great presentations with the latest advancement in the field of inclusion, you'll also have the opportunity to experience the fine art of film making at the 2017 TASH Annual Conference.

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Donald Taylor

Special Projects Manager, TASH

Wednesday December 13, 2017 6:59pm - 7:00pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon B 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Mr. Connolly Has ALS

Mr. Connolly Has ALS, directed by Dan Habib, features a high school principal who is embraced by his community as he continues to lead the school, despite rapidly losing his ability to walk and speak due to the debilitating effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). After the screening, Rud & Ann Turnbull will host a 10-15 minute Q&A session.

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Rud & Ann Turnbull

Rud and Ann Turnbull have been professors, researchers, and advocates for individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers for over four decades. Between them, they have authored over 40 books (including two leading textbooks now in their 7th and 8th editions... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon B 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


For years, Emma struggled to communicate her feelings, her needs, and her fears, to friends and family. It was a difficult time in which her intelligence, and desire to connect, was continually underestimated. Two years ago, for the first time in Emma's life, her true voice was finally heard when she began to type. Using this tool, Emma has defied all expectations and is finally able to have her thoughts expressed and understood by those around her. Having found her voice, Emma now advocates nationally for acceptance, tolerance and understanding. This is Emma’s debut as co-director. After the screening, the producer of the documentary, Geneva Peschka, will host a 10-15 minute Q&A session.

This documentary has been awarded TASH's 2017 Positive Images in the Media Award.

Wednesday December 13, 2017 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon B 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


The Rainman Effect
This documentary was developed through a grant by the Edith L. Trees Foundation. It was developed by the program director and a self-advocate who interviewed adults about their experiences of living life on the autism spectrum. The self-advocates talk about perceptions and preconceived notions of those in the community and how we are all more alike than we are different.


Daniel Hackett

Filmmaker, Independent
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Michelle Heim

Regional Quality Manager, Youth Advocate Programs and Adult Services
I have been working with individuals with developmental and intellectual differences at Youth Advocate Programs and Adult Services for the last 12 years. I specialize in working with those who have an autism spectrum diagnosis. I am delighted to co-present this session with Daniel... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon B 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


i go home
The powerful one-hour documentary i go home chronicles the role institutionalization played in the life of people with intellectual disabilities in 1960s America. Using the story of Pennhurst State School and Hospital in eastern Pennsylvania as an example of the abuse and neglect that was taking place on a national level, the program details how those with intellectual disabilities were treated in society, the resulting changes that were needed, and the community-based efforts in place today. Archival photos and footage along with interviews with people with intellectual disabilities, advocates, researchers, scientists, parents, social workers, and many more help raise awareness about the issue and shine a light on the struggles and triumphs of the disability rights movement.

Wednesday December 13, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon B 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Friday, December 15


Tell Us About It!
Come tell us your story! Make your voices heard! What is important to you? You will have up to three minutes share your story on video. TASH will be using the videos to help advocate for inclusion, equity, and opportunity for all people with disabilities with Congress and the administration. Looking forward to seeing you and everyone who takes the time to be heard on Youtube! Please sign up for a timeslot at the Info Desk prior to the session.

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Mark Friedman

Associate Professor, City University of New York (CUNY)
1. People with disabilities serving on boards of directors and policy making bodies.2. Online teaching.3. Disability Studies

Friday December 15, 2017 9:30am - 11:30am