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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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TASH Talks [clear filter]
Friday, December 15
 

8:29am

About TASH Talks
TASH Talks are informal discussions regarding a topic that are not meant to provide answers, but rather evoke creative thinking about an issue (e.g. personal experience, story, point of view). Presentations are chosen at random from the list below.  And, each presenter delivers his/her talk around a particular topic for 8-10 minutes. 
    This year's confirmed TASH Talk presenters are listed in no particular order.

Moderators
avatar for Robin Blount

Robin Blount

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Friday December 15, 2017 8:29am - 10:30am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

Access Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Here are the voices of real and personal success stories of community inclusion and opportunities of individuals with complex support needs. We have learned how to create meaningful and long lasting community relationships through trial error, observation, exploration and research. In-depth continued learning encourages opportunities in educating community members and the creation of natural supports; allowing people to experience known and unknown areas of interests that CAN evolve into meaningful connections. From this forum, we would like everyone to be inspired to create true equity and community inclusion for ALL.

Speakers
avatar for Josie Sparks

Josie Sparks

Director of Supported Employment and Community Access, Total Living Concept
avatar for Angela Zold

Angela Zold

Director IE/CI, Total Living Concept


Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

Don't Judge This Book by it's Cover
Limited Capacity seats available

My world is filled with many things that are out of my control and by any reasonable standard could be considered devastating. However, both subjectively and objectively, I have a lot to be happy about. This includes communication, advocacy and reciprocal relationships. Using a keyboard or letterboard, I am now able to communicate all day long and this has been life changing. Since presenting at TASH last year, I have been invited to talk with scientists and educators about rethinking autism. I hope this helps to reshape the thinking of those in influential positions. I also got a chance to publicly tell my sister how much she means to me and that my autism is not her lifelong responsibility.


Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

Family Advocacy for the Education of Children with Autism
Limited Capacity seats available

Research on family advocacy and involvement in the education of children with autism have been reported extensively in the literature. This presentation will provide useful information and approaches for stakeholders in special education to work in collaboration with families to advocate for students with autism from culturally diverse backgrounds. Research on international family perspectives and experiences will be included. The true stories from the presenter who is an international parent of a child with autism, a graduate scholar in special education, and a parent mentor for and with families from Asia will be shared to benefit the participants.

Speakers
avatar for Tanyathorn Hauwadhanasuk

Tanyathorn Hauwadhanasuk

Graduate / Teaching Assistant, Saint Louis University
Hello TASH Families, My name is Tanyathorn Hauwadhanasuk, or Tanya (from a parent to an advocate, mentor and educator). MY BRIEF BIO: EDUCATION: - B.B.A. in Marketing, Business Administration, Assumption University, Bangkok Thailand. - M.A. in Special Education, emphasis on Mild... Read More →


Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

Individual Stories of iPad Usage: What's Going on in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

In this study, I sought to understand how iPads were used in classrooms with students with low incidence disabilities. This study utilized a qualitative approach including semi-structured interviews, observations, and document analysis to understand the following question: To what extent (how far & how much) are iPads used in inclusive classrooms to support the needs of students with low incidence disabilities. By examining the stories of four student participants, I was able to shed light on how teachers integrated iPads into a classroom for students with low incidence disabilities. iPad integration is imperative in today's educational society because iPads are increasing in number within the classroom and used for both educational as well as entertainment purposes.

Speakers

Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

Parents with Disabilities Discriminated Against in Family Courts
Limited Capacity seats available

Ms. Stephenson is an autistic self advocate and author. In 2015, she was served with Family Court papers regarding her then, eight year old son, whom also has autism. At the time Ms. Stephenson was not concerned. However, she soon learned that it didn't matter how smart she was, or how many people testified that she was competent, 35 states still have laws stripping individuals like Ms. Stephenson of their Parental Rights. The only thing Ms. Stephenson did wrong, she did not hide her disability from the courts. Even if she could have, the Court used a documentary Ms. Stephenson participated in (a TASH documentary) against her in Court. Ms. Stephenson has researched cases across the Country and the United Kingdom similar to her own. She would like to use this presentation as a way to begin an open dialogue and organizing the Disability Community to overturn the laws in place and replace them with laws that protect Parents with Disabilities in Family Court. Parents with Disabilities are not being given an Opportunity to participate in Family Courts. The Family Court Laws in place discriminate against Parents with Disabilities and Family Courts do not adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

Supported Decision Making: A Family's Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

Supported Decision Making: A Family's Perspective Supported decision making is a time tested, culturally typical, and powerful way of making decisions and governing one's life. However, despite all of the advocacy efforts to ensure that people with disabilities are recognized in the rightful role as a citizens, we still find that when you live with a disability, you are vulnerable to being controlled and having decisions made for and about you i.e., where you will live, where and how you will spend your day, who you can socialize with, etc. One of the clearest examples of the perpetuation of control of people with disabilities is the often routine advice that is given to parents to assume guardianship of or to appoint a guardian for their family member with a disability. This session will look at the concept of supported decision making through the eyes of a family who is committed to respecting the rights of their daughter as a citizen to make decisions and control her life. The potency, benefits, viability, and structure of supported decision making will be discussed. Their daughter's leadership and the family journey to supported decision making will be shared.

Speakers

Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

The Arc @ School: Redefining Inclusive Education Advocacy through Accessibility
Limited Capacity seats available

The Arc @ School is a nationwide collaborative program designed to remove barriers to special education advocacy. Established to provide training and resources to students, parents, and other community stakeholders, the Arc @ School will serve as a national center for special education advocacy without walls. The program, which brings members of disability-advocacy together with national policy advocates to identify effective strategies for accessible community advocacy growth intended to help students and their families achieve full inclusion and sustainable support in our nations' school systems is currently in its pilot planning stage. Our goal is to design web-based accessible training modules that will foster communities of inclusive education advocates beyond existing provider-based structures.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Freeman

Erin Freeman

Director of Development and Communications, Albany ARC
I'm interested in the utilization of communication and technology to make the lives of individuals with disabilities and their loved ones easier.


Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A

8:30am

The Power of One: Becoming an Influencer for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

As a sibling of a sister with a disability, I will share my story of growing up as a sister and my sister's perspective of living with a disability. My storytelling piece will capture the challenging questions faced to me, my other siblings, and my sister, and the emerged answers that shed light on the only life we know. The experiences shared will reflect how the power of one individual can evolve oneself and others to be influencers of change for equity, opportunity, and inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Hoorn

Megan Hoorn

Huron Valley Schools
Megan Hoorn is a sibling to her younger sister, Brenna (as well as four younger brothers). Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University. She then graduated with a Master of Science degree in communication sciences... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Mueller

Sarah Mueller

UCEDD Trainee, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Sarah Mueller is a sibling to her younger sister, Rachel. Having graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Special Education and Secondary Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University, she served as a high school special education teacher for students with intellectual... Read More →


Friday December 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:25am
Marquis Ballroom, Salon A