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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.

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Debra Curran

Parent Advocate
Santa Ana, CA
If someone had told me 5 or 6 years ago that I would become an active advocate, I would have laughed at them. Well, here it is today, and I unwittingly became a vocal advocate for disability rights when fighting to maintain my daughter's right to access to healthcare (through the ACA). I had no idea that so many people would favor dragging us back into an era where insurance companies could put lifetime caps and enforce pre-existing condition rules. My daughter is medically complex, and for her, getting access to affordable healthcare means life or death. It also keeps us from bankruptcy.

I started with random opportunities as they arose. I learned ways that I could make a difference. It eventually led to getting the attention of a Senator and a Congresswoman who are also fighting for affordable care.

As I became more outspoken, I was asked to give an advocacy presentation to a private health-related Facebook group. One of the members who saw the presentation suggested that I bring it here. So here I am, to show you that , you too can be an advocate.
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