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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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Tuesday, December 12
 

9:30am

Pre-Board Meeting
This meeting is open to TASH board members only.

Moderators
avatar for Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Executive Director, TASH
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director at TASH, a non-profit that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities. She is a national consultant who helps people with disabilities develop and implement strategies for greater autonomy... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Hospitality Suite - Room 4029

11:45am

TASH Board of Directors Meeting
This meeting is open to TASH Board Members only.

Moderators
avatar for Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Executive Director, TASH
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director at TASH, a non-profit that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities. She is a national consultant who helps people with disabilities develop and implement strategies for greater autonomy... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Edwards

Ralph Edwards

President, TASH

Tuesday December 12, 2017 11:45am - 6:00pm
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5:00pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
In honor of Hanukkah, TASH will be hosting a Menorah Lighting Ceremony during the evenings at the 2017 TASH Conference. This ceremony is open to all conference attendees regardless of their religion/beliefs. Note: this ceremony does not denote any endorsement of a particular religion/belief. 

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Salon

Rebecca Salon

LEAD Center and DC Department on Disability Services

Tuesday December 12, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Hospitality Suite - Room 4029
 
Wednesday, December 13
 

4:30pm

PIE State Meeting & Networking
This meeting is for previous and current Partnerships in Employment State team members and leadership. Please join us for light refreshments, updates on project happenings and networking. Please contact Alison DeYoung at adeyoung@yestoemployment.org with any questions. 

Moderators
avatar for Alison DeYoung

Alison DeYoung

Project Manager, YES! Center / TASH
Alison DeYoung is the Project Manager for the Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) Center, the national training and technical assistance center for the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) states. She began working in the field of education in 2008 while completing her undergraduate and... Read More →


Wednesday December 13, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon B 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5:00pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
In honor of Hanukkah, TASH will be hosting a Menorah Lighting Ceremony during the evenings at the 2017 TASH Conference. This ceremony is open to all conference attendees regardless of their religion/beliefs. Note: this ceremony does not denote any endorsement of a particular religion/belief. 

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Salon

Rebecca Salon

LEAD Center and DC Department on Disability Services

Wednesday December 13, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
L502 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5:00pm

North Carolina TASH Chapter Meeting
Review current membership | Look at nominations for new officers | Update on 3rd annual Inclusion Summit | Discuss the Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Moderators
avatar for Karina Cooper-Duffy

Karina Cooper-Duffy

Profession in Special Education, Western Carolina University

Wednesday December 13, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
L506 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Thursday, December 14
 

7:30am

Communications Working Group
The Communications Working Group will meet in person to discuss current initiataives and goals for 2018.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Hanreddy

Amy Hanreddy

Associate Professor, Cal State Northridge


Thursday December 14, 2017 7:30am - 8:20am
Hospitality Suite - Room 4029

9:45am

Virginia TASH Chapter Meeting
Virginia attendees!! Please join us to hear about our push for inclusive education and the right to communicate.

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Altieri

Elizabeth Altieri

Professor, Radford University
I am passionate about inclusion. I have been an advocate and supporter of Inclusive Education and Community since the 1970s and first joined TASH in 1979. I have teaching and administrative experience with inclusive programs for school-aged students and adults with disabilities dating... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 9:45am - 10:35am
L507 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

10:55am

Cal-TASH Chapter Meeting & Introduction
Meet other inclusion-minded people from California in an information meet and greet.  We will share Cal-TASH's mission and you will learn more about how to become involved in our energetic, motivated chapter.

Speakers
avatar for Molly K. Rearick

Molly K. Rearick

Founder & Executive Director, IGNITE Collective, Inc.
communication, AAC, transition, adult supports, inclusive education


Thursday December 14, 2017 10:55am - 11:45am
L507 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

11:00am

RPSD Associate Editors Meeting
Associate Editors will meet to discuss the status of the journal and make plans for the upcoming year.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Dymond

Stacy Dymond

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stacy Dymond is professor of special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on curriculum issues related to educating secondary and transition-age students with severe intellectual disabilities in inclusive school and community settings... Read More →


Thursday December 14, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hospitality Suite - Room 4029

1:00pm

New England Chapter Meet and Greet
An occasion for conference attendees from the New England states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) to meet, learn about the New England Chapter and talk about priorities for the region.

Thursday December 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
M102

2:05pm

Community Living Committee Meeting
December meeting of the Community Living Committee

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Lengyel

Jenny Lengyel

Executive Director, Total Living Concept

Thursday December 14, 2017 2:05pm - 2:55pm
L507 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

2:05pm

Employment Committee Meeting
Agenda: Current Events, Capacity Building, Communications

Moderators
avatar for Cesilee Coulson

Cesilee Coulson

Executive Director, WISE
avatar for Ruby Moore

Ruby Moore

Executive Director, Georgia Advocacy Office
Ruby Moore is the Executive Director of the Georgia Advocacy Office, the designated Protection and Advocacy System for People with Disabilities in Georgia. Moore is nationally known for her work in the disability field over the past 40 years, particularly in the areas of employment... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 2:05pm - 2:55pm
L508 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

3:20pm

Early Career Research Network Meeting
Early career researcher network business meeting and social hour.

Moderators
avatar for Andrea Ruppar

Andrea Ruppar

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison`
Andrea Ruppar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research interest is in decision making about curriculum and access to inclusive contexts for students with extensive support... Read More →
avatar for Virginia Walker

Virginia Walker

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Virginia L. Walker, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Walker began her career as a special education teacher of students with extensive support needs in Atlanta... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 3:20pm - 4:10pm
L507 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

4:25pm

Self Advocacy Committee Meeting
The self-advocacy committee will review its goals for the upcoming year and discuss recruitment of new members.

Moderators
avatar for Tia Nelis

Tia Nelis

Director of Policy & Advocacy, TASH
Tia Nelis is the Director of Policy & Advocacy for TASH. She comes to TASH after serving as Self-Advocacy Specialist at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center within the Institute on Disability and Human Development at University of Illinois at Chicago. She also is one of... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 4:25pm - 5:15pm
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5:00pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
In honor of Hanukkah, TASH will be hosting a Menorah Lighting Ceremony during the evenings at the 2017 TASH Conference. This ceremony is open to all conference attendees regardless of their religion/beliefs. Note: this ceremony does not denote any endorsement of a particular religion/belief. 

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Salon

Rebecca Salon

LEAD Center and DC Department on Disability Services

Thursday December 14, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
L502 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5:30pm

AAC Users Meet and Chat
This is an informal meet and chat for those who use devices, keyboards and letterboards to get to know others from around the country, and have discussions together! 

Moderators
avatar for Judy Bailey

Judy Bailey

Consultant on AAC/FC/RPM and Positive Supports, Judy C. Bailey Consulting
Judy C. Bailey, M.Ed., currently consults with individuals and families on using pointing, spelling, and typing to communicate, including work on FC Training and Rapid Prompting Method. Ms. Bailey is an endorsed Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Facilitator in Virginia. She serves on... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
L500 Series Corridor, Lobby

5:30pm

TASH Board of Directors Meeting
This meeting is open to TASH Board Members only.

Moderators
avatar for Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Executive Director, TASH
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director at TASH, a non-profit that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities. She is a national consultant who helps people with disabilities develop and implement strategies for greater autonomy... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
M303 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Friday, December 15
 

7:30am

Inclusive Education Committee Meeting
The Inclusive Education Committee works together to support research, policy, and products for inclusive education.  During this meeting, we will review our agenda and progress.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Kurth

Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
avatar for Deborah Taub

Deborah Taub

Director, OTL Education Solutions

Friday December 15, 2017 7:30am - 8:20am
L401 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:30am

Human Rights Committee Meeting
Group meeting to debrief topics of interest and connect face-to-face.

Moderators
Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 9:20am
M303 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:30am

New York Chapter Start-up Meeting
The New York TASH Chapter has been dormant for a few years, but Jason Ross, Jenna Lequia, Susan Burlazzi adn Chester Finn are working to revive it.  They held a first teleconference in August, and are working to put together a Chapter board of directors and fill out the Chapter application form.  If you are interested in being a part of a renewed New York Chapter, come to this meeting to share your objectives, volunteer or just learn about the potential new Chapter.

Moderators
avatar for Donald Taylor

Donald Taylor

Special Projects Manager, TASH

Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 9:20am
M302 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

9:35am

Alabama Chapter Meeting
New Chapter for Alabama!  Meet the members from around the state and learn about the Alabama TASH goals and focus for the 2017-2018 National Disability Conference - June 2018 Fundraising as a new TASH chapter.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica McGee

Veronica McGee

President, Alabama TASH
I am a parent of a son born with congenital hydrocephalus. Kyle is 18 and is nonverbal and uses both a manual and power chair. This is my 2nd consecutive year to attend TASH. Since my first conference last year in St. Louis, I along with my mentor and friend, Susan Ellis, organized... Read More →


Friday December 15, 2017 9:35am - 10:25am
L507 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

10:45am

Florida Chapter Meeting
A get together of Florida members to continue talking about forming a chapter.

Moderators
Friday December 15, 2017 10:45am - 11:35am
L507 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

10:45am

Research and Publication Committee Meeting
Annual meeting of the committee to consider the agenda for the following year and plan changes for Connections.

Moderators
avatar for Fred Spooner

Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte

Friday December 15, 2017 10:45am - 11:35am
L401 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

1:00pm

Texas TASH Meet and Greet
Join fellow TASH members from Texas to meet one another and begin conversations about bringing a TASH Chapter to Texas and action items for us to work on!

Moderators
avatar for Amy Toson

Amy Toson

Assistant Professor, Cardinal Stritch University

Friday December 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
M102

1:10pm

Missouri TASH Chapter Meeting
All are welcome to join Missouri TASH members.  If you are interested in finding out how to connect with others in Missouri or nearby Midwestern states - come on by!

Moderators
avatar for April Regester

April Regester

Associate Professor, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Friday December 15, 2017 1:10pm - 2:00pm
L507 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

1:10pm

RPSD Editorial Board Meeting
The Editorial Board will meet to discuss the status of the journal and issues pertinent to the journal.

Moderators
avatar for Stacy Dymond

Stacy Dymond

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stacy Dymond is professor of special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on curriculum issues related to educating secondary and transition-age students with severe intellectual disabilities in inclusive school and community settings... Read More →

Friday December 15, 2017 1:10pm - 2:00pm
L406 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

3:20pm

Starting a New TASH Chapter
TASH has Chapters in 14 states, but we would love to have more.  Are you interested in starting a Chapter to further your work to advance TASH values in your area?  We can help.  Come to this session to meet TASH national staff and TASH Board of Directors members responsible for Chapters and membership.  We will discuss the process of starting a Chapter, and how you can get involved as quickly as possible.

Moderators
avatar for Donald Taylor

Donald Taylor

Special Projects Manager, TASH

Friday December 15, 2017 3:20pm - 4:10pm
M302 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5:15pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
In honor of Hanukkah, TASH will be hosting a Menorah Lighting Ceremony during the evenings at the 2017 TASH Conference. This ceremony is open to all conference attendees regardless of their religion/beliefs. Note: this ceremony does not denote any endorsement of a particular religion/belief. 

Friday December 15, 2017 5:15pm - 5:45pm
L502 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303