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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Wednesday Workshops [clear filter]
Wednesday, December 13

7:59am EST

About Wednesday Workshops
Wednesday Workshops are short-course workshops that are delivered by teams of presenters around a particular topic in a scheduled room for 1.5-3 hours. Workshops allow attendees to dive into popular topics in more depth. Workshops will take place on Wednesday only.

Wednesday December 13, 2017 7:59am - 5:00pm EST

8:00am EST

Preserving Autonomy: Rethinking Guardianship
Limited Capacity seats available

Setting up guardianship or conserving a person with disabilities is demeaning and conflicts with current best practices. The outcome for the person is devastating and stigmatizing. We must rethink this common, but outdated practice and instead use alternatives and provide the supports, help and accommodations persons need to exercise choice, have the preferences honored and to participate in our communities as equal citizens.

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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 →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 8:00am - 10:00am EST
L401 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:00am EST

Access for All: Curricular Accommodations and Modifications
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation aligns with the 2017 theme, "Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion", by developing a deep understanding of how to provide students with complex needs an equitable education. Equipping participants with curricular adaptation strategies strengthens the disability field and fosters the opportunity for all students to have access to the general education curriculum alongside their peers. Designing and providing curricular accommodations and modifications are essential to effective inclusive educational practices. With a focus on students with significant disabilities and support needs, this hands-on interactive workshop teaches a diverse community of stakeholders how to design curriculum that is accessible to all students. An understanding of universal design for learning and the importance of collaboration will be highlighted. Peer supports and technology supports will also be embedded. Collaboratively, participants will apply strategies in the following seven areas: differentiated content, accessible directions, streamlining the curriculum, individualized lesson objectives, assignment layouts, infusing individual goals, and classroom assessments. In order to ensure all students' needs are met in an inclusive setting, participants will understand the benefits of and learn how to use the following resources: a student profile, academic unit lesson plan, and an infused skills grid. Students have the right to a free and appropriate public education and this workshop will prepare participants with the knowledge and resources to provide all students with an equitable education.

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Yazmin Pineda Zapata, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University
Yazmin Pineda Zapata, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Her expertise in delivering special education services has allowed her to advocate for students with varying learning differences in grades K-12. She actively presents... Read More →
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Rebecca Brooks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, CSUSM
Dr. Rebecca Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education teacher preparation and graduate program in the School of Education at California State University San Marcos. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in educational, recreational, vocational, and residential... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EST
M302 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:00am EST

Behavior Change is a Family Affair: Empowering Family Partnerships in PBIS Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this interactive and hands-on workshop will explore best practices for family partnerships in school-wide PBS, create predictable routines and a PBS home matrix as well as develop a strength-based family-friendly positive behavior support plan.


Kiki McGough

PBS Consultant, APBS
I am a retired Special Educator with a focus on behavior who has worked in the field of Positive Behavior Support since 2002. I am particularly interested in PBS in the home and partnerships between school and home to support children and families. I also do dog rescue, particularly... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EST
L402 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:00am EST

Community Building for Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

For nearly nine years, a group of ordinary people living across the state of Georgia have been actively learning together how to work for social justice and build opportunities for intentional and reciprocal relationships between people with and without disabilities. Drawing from approaches and philosophies such as Asset Based Community Development, Popular Education, Intersectionality, Person Centered Values, and Visionary Organizing, we have learned much about the conditions that encourage all members of a community to contribute and meaningfully participate in civic life, enhance social connections through collective action, and build more avenues to natural supports and relationships outside of human services. Our approach centers people who live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, whether they have a disability and/or they are a person of color, LGBTQ, poor, an immigrant, a refugee, or have experienced homelessness or incarceration. We are finding ways to build solidarity and reciprocity across and among identity lines and are learning to become better allies with others working to overcome the injustice of social exclusion, whatever its cause. This workshop will include an in-depth overview of our work and approach through storytelling and interactive, experiential large and small group activities. Participants will be offered practical ways of how to take these ideas and use them back home.

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Caitlin Childs

Community Organizer, Facilitator, Writer and Consultant, Self-Employed

Wednesday December 13, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EST
L403 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:00am EST

Partnering With Family Leaders Across Cultures: More Than Just an Invitation and Translation
Limited Capacity seats available

As we all know, the demographic in the United States has been changing rapidly with an increasing number of families whose first language is not English. Navigating systems of care for these families is so daunting that many of these families do not know where to turn. This workshop is a panel from different professionals who live the lives who will share their unique perspectives on how to effectively work with families from culturally diverse backgrounds, to help bridge gaps in communication, cultural belief, disability attitude, social stigma, and increase the participation of parents from diverse backgrounds.


Oanh Bui

Federation for Children with Special Needs
Oanh Bui has firsthand experience advocating for appropriate services for her child. She has worked closely with different stakeholders to share knowledge and empower parents using the cultural brokering model.
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Ralph Edwards

President, TASH
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O. Sophia Johansson

Chair, Board of Directors, Mass Families Organizing for Change
I serve as Board Chair of a family organization, Mass Families Organizing for Change. Our mission is to provide sustained advocacy and leadership training in pursuit of high quality, individualized community support and service options, including family support, for people with disabilities... Read More →

Susan Yuan

President, The Association for Successful Parenting
I am the mother of a 45-year old man who has Angelman Syndrome and who types to communicate, with me as his primary facilitator. My academic field is Psychology, with emphasis on Family Support. In the past 2 decades, I have been very involved with advancing the rights of parents... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EST
L404 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

8:00am EST

TASH Doctoral Students and Beginning Special Education Faculty Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

This Wednesday session is meant for you! Come meet each other and nationally-recognized professors and researchers with successful records as college and university faculty who are willing to share their strategies with you.

8:00- 8:30 AM
Establishing a Professional Identity Vicki Knight, Andrea Ruppar, and Virginia Walker

8:30- 9:15 AM
Session A: Developing and Sustaining a Research Agenda Vicki Knight and Fred Spooner
Session B: The Job Search  Jami Pettner-Arrey, Andrea Ruppar, and Amy Toson

Session A: Teacher Preparation Stacy Dymond and Donna Lehr
Session B: Promotion and Tenure  Marty Agran and Fred Spooner

10:00-10:45 AM
Grants and External Funding Bethany McKissick and Mary Morningstar

10:45-11:30 AM
Service and Professional Development Jacki Anderson

11:30 AM-12:15 PM
Publishing  Marty Agran, Susan Copeland, Stacy Dymond, Donna Lehr, and Fred Spooner

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Martin Agran

Professor, University of Wyoming
Dr. Martin Agran is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of special education. He is a professor and former department head in the Department of Special Education at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he served as a professor in the Special Education Departments at... Read More →

Susan Copeland

Professor, University of New Mexico
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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 →

Donna Lehr

Associate Professor, Boston University
I'm long-time TASH member who has focused my efforts on the education of students with complex health care needs and inclusion of students with severe disabilities in general education.
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Mary Morningstar

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition... Read More →
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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 →
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Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte
Fred Spooner is Professor of Special Education at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Spooner has researched and written about instructional strategies for students with severe disabilities since the 1980s. Recently, he has focused on alternate assessment and linking both assessment and instruction... Read More →
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Amy Toson

Assistant Professor, Cardinal Stritch University
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Virginia Walker

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Virginia L. Walker, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate 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 →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EST
M303 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

10:15am EST

Everyone Communicates: TASH's Call to Action
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel will be comprised of AAC users, researchers, and advocates and will focus on how to move TASH's communication campaign forward. This panel will examine some of the myths and definitions of AAC and AAC users, researchers, and advocates will discuss ways to move TASH forward with some common definitions, goals, and purposes.

This session is part of TASH's "Communication for All" campaign.

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Amy Hanreddy

Associate Professor, California State University, Northridge

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Grant Blasko

Hi, my name is Grant Blasko, and I am 18 and an AAC user.Today, I am a senior honor student, dual-enrolled in high school and Running Start at Bellevue High School and Bellevue College in Washington State, just outside of Seattle. I am also a DO-IT Scholar at the University of Washington... Read More →
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Deborah Taub

Director, OTL Education Solutions

Wednesday December 13, 2017 10:15am - 12:15pm EST
M304 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

10:15am EST

Supported Decision Making in Action throughout the LifeSpan
Limited Capacity seats available

Supported Decision Making (SDM) is being embraced throughout the country to help people gain and/or maintain control of their life. Used with both children and adults living with disabilities, it is a process whereby people get the assistance they need and want to understand the situations and choices they face, so they can make life decisions for themselves. Implementing this approach requires a change in thinking about how life decisions are made and how people are supported - starting with the acknowledgement that all people need and get help making decisions in the natural course of life - starting as early as possible. This session will look at the emerging trends and practices around supported decision-making (SDM) as an alternative to guardianship and as a strategy for helping people become better decision-makers over their life time. Presenters will share stories of how this has worked to assist children and adults with developmental disabilities retain and regain individual rights and life control from the professional, legal and family perspectives.

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Tina Campanella

CEO, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Tina has been the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Quality Trust since its inception in 2002. In over 40 years of experience working on behalf of children and adults with developmental and other disabilities, her work has included providing direct support, administering programs... Read More →
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Morgan Whitlatch

Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Morgan K. Whitlatch is the Legal Director of the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, an independent, non-profit advocacy organization that has been advancing the interests of D.C. residents with developmental disabilities since 2002. Morgan has devoted her legal career... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 10:15am - 12:15pm EST
L401 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

1:00pm EST

International Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

The International Chapter Workshop (group discussion) is intended to expand TASH's International Committee so that TASH will strengthen its international involvement, its connections, and its efforts as well as increasing members around the world who can share TASH's values and promote its activities and mission.

Individuals from various countries including international professionals, families and other community members, who play an active role in getting involved in issues impacting individuals with significant disabilities, will participate in the workshop (group discussion).

During the workshop (group discussion), the structure, major goal, specific responsibilities, policies, and activities of the International Chapter will be discussed.  The workshop (group discussion) will also give particpants an opportunity to speak about their experiences and challenges they face in their respecitve countries in advocating for human rights and inclusion for people with disabilities.

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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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Tia Nelis

Consultant, Self-Advocate Engagement, TASH
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Chernet Weldeab

Consultant, Special Projects, TASH
Adjunct Faculty/professor, ATPA Coach, at Montgomery College, Maryland. For more than fifteen years, I worked in education settings from secondary school counsellor position to university professor, focusing on teaching and research. In addition, I worked with immigrant families... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
L508 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

1:00pm EST

A Roadmap for Partnering to Create Meaningful Self-Determined Lives
Limited Capacity seats available

During this workshop, we will share strategies that are designed to embrace the principles of person-centered planning, self-direction and supported decision making, all of which increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy full citizenship and maintain choice and control over their long-term services and supports (LTSS). These strategies provide people, professionals, and caregivers with reliable techniques to re-imagine the possibilities for meeting increasing support needs and achieving individual goals. Just as the civil rights movement had leaders from varying backgrounds, true citizenship and community inclusion for people with different abilities is not possible without the efforts and partnership of individuals and organizations who have varying roles in the long-term services and supports system and the community as a whole. This engaging and interactive workshop will provide opportunities for attendees to learn how three Wisconsin partners - a self-advocate, a representative state advocacy organization Disabilities, and a long-term care self-directed service provider organization collaborate to advance true citizenship and community inclusion for people with disabilities. Attendees will learn from an individual whose resilience has created a life that has spanned early experiences in a state institution to her current leadership role as executive director of a statewide advocacy organization. They will hear from a representative of Wisconsin's Board for People with Developmental Disabilities about strategies to build grassroots advocacy networks that empower all individuals to be heard in their communities. The presentation team also includes representatives from an organization that operates one of the largest and most comprehensive self-directed long-term services and support programs in the country. Self-direction and advocacy put the person and their loved ones in the driver's seat to control where, when, and how supports are provided. We will show you ways to help facilitate that. Choice and control through self-direction benefits not only the person, but can produce tangible benefits for state programs as well. Individuals self-directing their long-term services and supports through the Wisconsin IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) program have, on average, spent 83% of their allocated budgets. You will learn how self-direction has engaged individuals, as well as their family and support networks, to implement real change. You'll also learn how to expand the capacity for services that sustain full lives and create valued roles in local communities. Approximately 90 percent of individuals live in a home that they own, rent, or share with family or friends, and less than two percent are disenrolled from the program due to placement in a licensed facility, including nursing homes.

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Patti Jo Becker

Manager of Community Partnerships, TMG by Magellan Health
Patti Jo Becker, M.S. brings more than 25 years of experience and passion to her current role. Her professional and personal life activities continue to influence the diverse fabric of self-directed long-term care supports. Patti’s work experiences include provider roles of direct... Read More →
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Dave Verban

Sr Learning and Development Consultant, TMG by Magellan Health
Dave Verban is an advocate, a teacher, and an ally, who is interested in citizenship, equity, access, and community. He is currently TMG’s Senior Learning and Development Consultant, supporting TMG’s culture of partnership by ensuring the principles of self-determination and person-centered... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
M302 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

1:00pm EST

Living Life in Color: Tools for Support Teams to Promote Community Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

"The colors of lifes journey should be bold and brilliant. Many people's lives are gray. People can be safe and happy, but gray. We bring bold color when we strive for opportunities." -Jeff Strully At KFI, we believe that paid and natural supports for people with intellectual disabilities must focus on full community participation, with opportunities to work, live and engage alongside neighbors. This is more than just a philosophy. It calls for a constant re-examination of our practices and outcomes. For the past two TASH conferences, KFI has shared some of the strategies we have learned that support all people, particularly people with challenging behavior, to live lives of full inclusion in their communities. After each of these sessions, our audience has asked for more information about how to engage support teams: staff, families, neighbors, friends, etc., in doing this challenging work. This Session will focus on facilitating the teamwork necessary to move beyond the mundane and engage people in meaningful lives. Our work builds on true person centered planning and requires a team that believes in the person and the community; a team that can see possibilities and build capacity for both. In our experience, this dream team does not just "happen". It requires thoughtful and emboldening leadership and communication. In a system where getting paid often means getting people "ready for life", it is too easy to get sidetracked with things like personal care routines, housework and laundry, meal preparation, and checkbook balancing. We don't necessarily look forward to doing these things; but they are precursors to work and leisure pursuits. This presentation will offer strategies to challenge teams to consider how the way they provide daily supports impacts how the person supported lives their life and contributes to their community. With positive proactive leadership, support teams can meet complex daily needs, at the same time they are doing the important work of building connections and supporting community life engagement.

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Gail Fanjoy

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Lyann Grogan

Director of Training & Outreach, KFI
After ten years of working in a segregated Mental Health setting as a Music Therapist at New Hampshire Hospital and serving as a member of the National Music Therapy Association’s Training Committee LyAnn found inspiration. She was inspired by KFI's mission to provide supports... Read More →
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Laurie Kimball

Director of Planning & Team Development, KFI
Laurie Kimball is Director of Planning and Team Development for KFI, which has 4 offices in Maine. Laurie works with support teams to create opportunities for all people to live in typical homes, work in competitive jobs, nurture valued relationships, and be fully participating members... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
L503 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

1:00pm EST

The Power of Valued Social Roles: Accessing the Good Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Many person-centered planning approaches continue to lead people to service based lives, often known as having a good but paid life. Understanding the devaluation people with disabilities live with, the concepts of heightened vulnerability and interpersonal identification, in addition to the power of valued social roles, can assist advocates, family members, and service providers in supporting people to access the good things in life. Participants will gain an understanding of devaluation and the wounds people experience when they are cast into devalued status in society. We will think about heightened vulnerability and interpersonal identification as potent advocacy tools and will explore visioning that focuses on valued social roles. We know that valued social roles can greatly impact people's lives and will discuss supporting people to acquire, strengthen, and maintain valued social roles. Through the presentation, we will address the lack of authority people with disabilities often have over their lives and supports, and what valued social roles can offer. People with disabilities need those who care about them and work with them to use understand the depth of devaluation and how to combat it through valued social roles.

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Leslie Lipson

Attorney, Lipson Advocacy: Educational, Legal and Strategy Specialist
Talk to me about advocacy solutions using general educational and special education law, from a values-based foundation and mindset of presuming competence. My practice supports both attorneys and non-attorney advocates to succeed in school-based advocacy. Talk to me about grassroots... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
L505 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

1:15pm EST

Pennhurst: A Legacy of Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion in Disability Rights
Limited Capacity seats available

Pennhurst, the infamous Pennsylvania institution opened in 1908 and finally shut down in 1987, established a legacy of social equity and human rights in disability policy, advocacy, litigation, and laws. It stands as both an epicenter and a microcosm of America's Disability Civil Rights Movement in realms of education, fair treatment, and community life. Its story is especially germane to this year's threatened cuts to Medicaid funding for individual supports and services necessary to live in the community. Against the backdrop of twelve beautifully illustrated panels chronicling Pennhurst's history, our eyewitnesses will present a story of the human costs of this failed "institutional model of care" that prevailed across our nation and the world from the 20th century to the present day. Pennhurst taught all of us why segregating individuals with intellectual and severe disabilities was and continues to be so dehumanizing and so wrong. Ultimately, the famous Pennhurst Longitudinal Study, which has been replicated many times over, proved scientifically that people are much "better off" living in the community in terms of equity, opportunity, inclusion, and consequently quality of life. Since past is often prologue, this story must be retold to current and future generations ─ so that we discontinue and never repeat these mistakes again.

Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:15pm - 3:30pm EST
L401 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

2:30pm EST

Chapter Leadership Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available


2:30 - 3:00 - Introductions
Name, state/region, projects / goals / challenges / accomplishments of state / region chapter

3:00 - 3:30 - Ruthie & Ralph
Current state of TASH
Future Vision - Advocacy Teams
Role of Chapters

3:30 - 4:00 - Policy Update
Tia & Raquel
Inclusive Education Committee member TBD

4:00 - 4:45 - Activity Centers
Activity Centers (choose based on interest)

  1. Website/Social Link Assistance - Donald - TASH login, social link & group access)
  2. Existing Resources for Chapter Leaders - April - Google Drive resources - Making an annual plan
  3. Membership & Engagement - Jean & Cal-TASH member TBD

4:45 - 5:00 - Wrap Up & Looking Ahead
Meeting schedule for 2018
Future topics - Advocacy Team Follow-Up, Summer Retreat
Conference Announcements

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Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

Professor, Teaching Credentials-Special Education, California State University, Sacramento
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April Regester

Assistant Professor, University of Missouri - St. Louis
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Donald Taylor

Manager, Operations & Digital Presence, TASH
Donald Taylor has been with TASH since 2014, where he is the Manager of Operations & Digital Presence, responsible for membership and chapters, data systems and communication, and collaborates closely with other staff to make sure TASH systems support their work. Donald comes from... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 2:30pm - 5:00pm EST
L506 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

2:45pm EST

The Role of Informed Choice in Advancing Competitive Integrated Employment
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent laws, regulations, court cases and policies have included the requirement that people with disabilities be provided the opportunity to exercise informed choice in decision-making to promote inclusion and integration into society. These contemporary developments build on principles established in the early deinstitutionalization litigation, including rights to habilitation and to community settings as a remedy for unnecessary institutionalization. This workshop will present recent regulatory, legal and policy changes that can be utilized to promote competitive integrated employment. This will include discussion of Employment First initiatives, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule, two landmark Department of Justice (DOJ) court cases (Oregon and Rhode Island) regarding sheltered workshops, the Olmstead decision by the Supreme Court and recent interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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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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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 →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 2:45pm - 5:00pm EST
L508 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303