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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Thomas ILAND

THOMAS ILAND is a self-advocate, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 13. He has worked hard to overcome many challenges. His achievements include graduating from California State University Northridge, becoming a Certified Public Accountant, and working in corporate America. Tom is now pursuing a professional career as a presenter and trainer, sharing insights and practical advice with the autism community and the community at large. He is an engaging and accomplished speaker and was recently awarded “Distinguished Toastmaster,” the highest recognition conferred by the organization.
Tom is delighted to realize his dream of becoming an author with the publication of his new book Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery written with his mother, Emily Iland. The book is a prequel to transition planning for youth and their “allies,” (parents, caregivers, and educators). The book explores Tom’s mantra, “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” Come to Life! is a unique tool for youth development, promoting self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-advocacy skills.
Tom has contributed to the autism and disability community through service and leadership. He has spoken openly about ASD for more than a decade, through numerous interviews on TV, newspaper, radio and the web. Since he was a teenager Tom has been a part of different training teams to help inform the police about autism. He collaborates with his mother Emily Iland on autism safety projects, including Experience Autism® for police officers and BE SAFE The Movie, that uses video modeling to show individuals with exceptional needs interact safely with the police.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 14

3:20pm EST