2020 TASH Conference - Virtual Edition has ended
Welcome to the 2020 TASH Conference - Virtual Edition website! We’re so glad you are here!

Each year, the TASH Conference brings together individuals with significant disabilities and their allies to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The conference is attended by passionate advocates, leaders, and subject matter experts from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees play an important role in supporting individuals with significant disabilities to overcome various barriers in order to live their best lives. Central to this work is the premise that individuals reach their optimal potential only when they are given the opportunity to live, work and thrive across the lifespan in the same communities we are all members of. The conference is intentionally designed to support the interests of professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; home and community-based service providers; students, family members, and most importantly, self-advocates with lived experience.

This year, while we are taking the conference virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that our unique approach to providing exceptional first-rate content and building strong community ties and connections across various stakeholders will yield an extraordinary event! We have taken extra steps to bring people closer together during these times, as well as to create an amazing virtual environment that expands our knowledge, spurs our creative thinking, and focuses on healthy living and having fun!  Our conference theme, Feel the Power of Inclusion, reinforces the importance of our continued commitment to promoting a world of equity and opportunity for all, and is predicated on the value of bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences in an effort to build strong human connectivity and spur collective action.

Need technical assistance during the conference? Please email our support staff at helpdesk@tash.org.
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Amanda Raymond

Military Outreach and Family Support Specialist

I am first and foremost a mother to two strong, resilient and amazing children with autism.  They have very different support needs and have taught me so much - they have really made me a better person, as cliché as it sounds.  I really wanted to help families who were living a life similar to mine, so I started working for PEATC almost two years ago. I love helping families to navigate the world of special education, understand their rights, and build collaborative relationships with schools.  Seeing firsthand how segregated classrooms can be detrimental to students, I have fought for my children to be included in schools with their peers and continue to advocate for inclusive education here in Virginia.  Growing up, I was a Navy brat, then I served in the Navy, and then I married a Navy service member, so it made sense that I now serve military families as PEATC's Military Outreach Specialist.  I am really excited to work with two esteemed professionals to present about advocating for inclusive practices at TASH and to share any experiences and lessons learned with others.

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