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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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TAYLOR WOODARD

National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability
Program Associate
Washington
Informed by her own experiences with a disability and driven by a passion to advocate for people with I/DD, Taylor Woodard left a lucrative position on Wall Street in 2010. Returning to her home state of Texas, she pursued dual-master’s degrees from The University of Texas-Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT’s School of Social Work. After graduating with honors in both of her fields, Ms. Woodard accepted a year-long position at The Arc of the U.S as a Paul Marchand Intern. In this role, she analyzed and advocated for policies that strengthens the rights of people with I/DD, including the ABLE Act and the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

At the beginning of 2016, Ms. Woodard was hired by The Arc of the U.S. as a Program Associate. Since that time. she has continued her efforts on the ABLE Act, hosted financial literacy classes for families with children with I/DD, as well as contributed to the communication arm of The Arc. Last year, Ms. Woodard took on a new challenge, advocating for people with I/DD entangled in the criminal justice system.