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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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Christina Nowak

University of Washington
Doctoral Student
Seattle, WA

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Inspired by her brother Michael, who has Down syndrome, Christina received her Masters in Education and Education Specialist Credential from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Nowak has spent the last 6 years serving as an Education/Inclusion Specialist in the cities of Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Los Angeles working with students ages 3 through 22. Currently, Christina is a second year doctoral student and Inclusion Specialist with the University of Washington's Haring Center for Inclusive Education. Christina has a passion for the development and implementation of inclusive practices. Most recently she was integral in the founding of WISH Academy, a fully inclusive high school in Los Angeles, modeled after the CHIME Institute. Christina has been integral in collaborating with demonstration and visiting sites to increase the inclusionary practices of co-teaching, co-planning, and universal design for learning. Christina is passionate about developing systems and strategies to assist schools in creating more inclusive environments and programs for individuals with significant disabilities. Her partnerships focus on capacity building as well as proving equitable educational experiences for all students. Christina is also involved with University of Washington's Teacher Education Program proving coaching and instruction to special education teacher candidates. Please do not hesitate to reach out to connect.


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