2017 TASH Conference has ended

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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Thursday, December 14


The Right to Education and the Endrew F. Decision
Limited Capacity seats available

On June 14, 2017, TASH presented Thomas J. Gilhool with its first annual Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Award at a symposium and dinner that focused on the right to education.  Thomas J. Gilhool was selected as the first recipient of this award for his successful legal advocacy in PARC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the lawsuit that set the stage for the passage of P.L..94-142 (now IDEA).  At the symposium, he and three colleagues discussed the implications of the Endrew F. decision on the future of special education.  This session recreates that panel presentation and offers insights into the future of the right to education in the 21st century.

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Judith Gran

Judith Gran, Esq. is a partner in the law firm Reisman Carolla Gran LLP, specializing in disability law.  She has a national practice focused on disability rights and has represented clients in more than a half dozen states in disputes over inclusion and community service plans... Read More →
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Frank Laski

Frank Laski is engaged in a public interest law practice focused on representation of persons with disabilities and their organizations.  He is a former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee.  He was also Director of Disability Projects for... Read More →
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Barbara Ransom

A civil rights attorney who represents individuals, families and organizations seeking relief from discrimination on the basis of disability.

Thursday December 14, 2017 9:45am - 10:35am
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


The IEP is a Living Document
Limited Capacity seats available

Focusing on how to reframe the IEP as a tool for building authentic inclusive communities for students, this panel compiles the voices and perspectives from self-advocates, family members, educators, and researchers on how the IEP is more than mere compliance. And how, when developed strategically, it works to shift the focus away from procedural compliance to one of meaningful programming that builds inclusive lives for individuals.Based on a current issue of the TASH Connections magazine, “The Individualized Education Program as a living document”, this panel is comprised of the authors and editor. The panel will discuss what the IEP as a living document means and how to implement such a vision in your meeting or school. The information within this issue and panel may reignite the commitment to free appropriate public education by its encouragement of an inclusive community and authentic partnership and programming, using the IEP as a proactive tool, rather than seen as an object of mere compliance.

Learn more about the IEP as a living document in TASH's latest podcast episode with Amy Toson.

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Amy Toson

Assistant Professor, Cardinal Stritch University


Thursday December 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Supported Decision-Making
Limited Capacity seats available

Supported decision-making represents a fundamental shift in thinking about the best ways to support the independence, autonomy, dignity and self-determination of people with disabilities.  Learn about the successes and challenges of implementing supported decision-making as an alternative to Guardianship across disabilities.  Hear from family members, practitioners and advocates about a statewide collaboration, results of a national summit and a national parents survey.  Participants will recieve a copy of a soon to be published TASH newsletter on supported decision-making.

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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

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Carrie Hobbs Guiden

Executive Director, The Arc Tennessee
personal - cooking, traveling, running, music, professional baseball or football, college basketball professional - NCE, anything related to services and supports for people with IDD; managed care; public policy; HCBS final rule; waiting lists; aging caregivers
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Dohn Hoyle

Director of Public Policy, The Arc Michigan
Dohn Hoyle is the currently the Director of Public Policy (formerly the Executive Director) of The Arc of Michigan and a long-time advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. A respected leader and innovator in the disability movement, Dohn helped to rewrite the Michigan... Read More →
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Kelly Israel

Policy Analyst, Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Kelly Israel is a Policy Analyst at ASAN’s national office. She, under Samantha Crane, works to advance the legal, legislative and administrative policy objectives of ASAN. She is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law and served as student attorney in its... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 2:05pm - 2:55pm
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Agency Transformation
Limited Capacity seats available

Details coming soon!

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Gail Fanjoy

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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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Michael Kendrick

Director, Kendrick Consulting Intl
I have been very involved in person centered approaches that result in enriched lives for the person who is the focus. This interest has led to many associated questions such as values based leadership, defining and achieving quality outcomes, embedding people in valued roles in community... Read More →
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Hanns Meissner

CEO, The Arc of Rensselaer County
Organizational Change and Development, Social Innovation, Systems Change, Person-Centered Work

Thursday December 14, 2017 3:20pm - 4:10pm
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303