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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Ariel Simms

The Arc of the United States
Program Manager & Attorney, Criminal Justice Initiatives
Washington, DC
Ariel Simms is the Program Manager & Attorney, Criminal Justice Initiatives, for The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD). In this role, she advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who become entangled in the criminal justice system as victims, suspects, defendants, witnesses, or incarcerated persons. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French from Saginaw Valley State University. Before law school, Ariel spent two years working as a mental health counselor on an inpatient psychiatric unit of a hospital. After that experience, Ariel decided to become a disability and human rights advocate on behalf of those living with mental disabilities. Ariel has worked on disability rights both in the United States and abroad, including in the realms of healthcare policy, human rights, criminal justice, legal capacity, supported decision-making, mass incarceration, conditions of confinement, and policing.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 14