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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.

Featured Presenters

avatar for Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living
Deputy Commissioner
avatar for Carol Quirk

Carol Quirk

Director of Special Projects
avatar for Chester Finn

Chester Finn

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Individual and Family Advocate


avatar for Sandy Jordan (she/her)

Sandy Jordan (she/her)

Able South Carolina
Director of Employment Programs
avatar for Martin Agran

Martin Agran

University of Wyoming
avatar for Elizabeth Altieri

Elizabeth Altieri

Radford University
avatar for Natalie Andzik

Natalie Andzik

Northern Illinois University
Associate Professor
avatar for Kendra Antill

Kendra Antill

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Visiting Assistant Professor

Jessica Apgar

University of New Mexico
Visiting Lecturer, Special Education
avatar for Lindsay Athamanah

Lindsay Athamanah

University of Missouri - St. Louis
Assistant Professor
avatar for Judy Bailey

Judy Bailey

Judy C. Bailey Consulting
Consultant on Communication Access and Positive Supports
avatar for Dale Baker

Dale Baker

PhD Student LEAPS Scholar

Cheryl Bates-Harris

Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist
avatar for Kathleen Becht, PhD

Kathleen Becht, PhD

University of Central Florida
Director, Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education
avatar for Fawziah Bhatia

Fawziah Bhatia

Lead Coach
avatar for Cynthia Blasko

Cynthia Blasko

Roots of Inclusion
Director/Board Member
avatar for Mike Bote

Mike Bote

CBI Consultants Ltd.
Executive Director
avatar for Jessica Bowman

Jessica Bowman

University of Minnesota/ TIES Center
Research Associate
avatar for Parris Boyd

Parris Boyd

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Project Coordinator
avatar for Lorie Brew

Lorie Brew

PEAL Center
SPDG Coordinator
avatar for Shanika Bridges

Shanika Bridges

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ph. D. Candidate
avatar for Kathy Brill

Kathy Brill

Brill Consulting LLC
avatar for Michael Brogioli

Michael Brogioli

Executive Director
avatar for Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

RCM of Washington
Chief Innovation Officer
avatar for Eva Jane Brotherton

Eva Jane Brotherton

San Diego Unified School District
Education Specialist
avatar for Lydia X. Z. Brown

Lydia X. Z. Brown

Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, & Empowerment
Founding Director
avatar for Kathryn Burke

Kathryn Burke

Temple University
Assistant Professor of Research
avatar for Kristin Burnette

Kristin Burnette

Ph.D. Candidate
avatar for Kyle Burson

Kyle Burson

Vertical Harvest
Packaging Associate
avatar for Alexander J. Campbell

Alexander J. Campbell

Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint
Keeping All Students Safe Act Campaign Director
avatar for Katherine Cargill-Willis

Katherine Cargill-Willis

Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Program Specialist

Beth Carmody

Winnetka Public Schools District 36
avatar for Megan Carpenter

Megan Carpenter

University of Kansas
Postdoctoral Researcher
avatar for Pascal Cheng

Pascal Cheng

Howard Center
Education and Communication Specialist
avatar for Kenna Chic

Kenna Chic

Georgetown University
avatar for Julie Christensen

Julie Christensen

Executive Director
avatar for Joan Christopher

Joan Christopher

Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Research Instructor
avatar for Amy Clausen

Amy Clausen

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Doctoral Candidate
avatar for Jaymi Cohen

Jaymi Cohen

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG)
avatar for Kristin Corcoran

Kristin Corcoran

The Lewin Group
avatar for Kathy Costello

Kathy Costello

TIES Program Director
avatar for Cesilee Coulson

Cesilee Coulson

Executive Director

Jess L. Cowing

College of William & Mary
avatar for Maya Cox

Maya Cox

Public Consulting Group, Inc.

Samantha Crane

Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Director of Public Policy
avatar for Jessica Cruz

Jessica Cruz

California State University, Los Angeles & University of California, Los Angeles
Doctoral Student
avatar for Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Office of Disability Employment Policy
Policy Advisor
avatar for Ann Deschamps

Ann Deschamps

TransCen Inc.
Vice President
avatar for Alison DeYoung

Alison DeYoung

YES! Center | TASH
Project Manager
avatar for Hope Leet Dittmeier

Hope Leet Dittmeier

Mattingly Edge
Executive Director
avatar for Robin Dodds

Robin Dodds

California State University Los Angeles
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education
avatar for Kelly Dorsey

Kelly Dorsey

MidState Arc
Self Advocate Coordinator
avatar for Karen Douglas

Karen Douglas

Radford University
Associate Professor
avatar for Jodi Duke

Jodi Duke

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Associate Professor
avatar for Ryan Duncanwood

Ryan Duncanwood

avatar for Stacy Dymond

Stacy Dymond

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
avatar for Pamela Fields

Pamela Fields

Assistive Technology Training Center of CT/MidState Arc
avatar for Heather Fitzpatrick

Heather Fitzpatrick

Doctoral Candidate, University of Northern Colorado
avatar for Joanna Ford

Joanna Ford

Deerfield School District 109
Asst. Superintendent for Student Services
avatar for Grace Francis

Grace Francis

George Mason University
Assistant Professor, Special Education
avatar for Will Fried

Will Fried

Fort Hays State University
Accessibility Services Graduate Assistant
avatar for Kathy Gee

Kathy Gee

California State University, Sacramento
avatar for Gail Ghere

Gail Ghere

TIES Center / University of Minnesota
Research Associate
avatar for Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

California State University, Sacramento
Professor, Teaching Credentials-Special Education
avatar for Jake M. Goodman

Jake M. Goodman

Towson University
Undergraduate Student Double Majoring in Political Science and...
avatar for Thelma Green

Thelma Green

Project ACTION!
avatar for Jill Griffiths

Jill Griffiths

Human Development Institute-UK
avatar for Karen Guettler-James

Karen Guettler-James

University of Kentucky
avatar for Amy Hanreddy

Amy Hanreddy

California State University, Northridge
Associate Professor, Special Education
avatar for Rene Hauser

Rene Hauser

St. Bonaventure University
Associate Professor
avatar for Julie Henning

Julie Henning

Marketing Manager
avatar for Kelie Hess

Kelie Hess

Utah State University
Utah School to Work Program Manager
avatar for Alan Holdsworth

Alan Holdsworth

avatar for Katherine Holman

Katherine Holman

Towson University
Associate Professor
avatar for Phyllis Holton

Phyllis Holton

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Deputy Director
avatar for Danny Hoover

Danny Hoover

Uniting For Change/ Diversified Enterprises
Ally/Supporter Behavior Consultant
avatar for Shari Hopkins

Shari Hopkins

Western Oregon University
Assistant Professor
avatar for Oscar Hughes

Oscar Hughes

Boston University
Doctoral Student
avatar for Jerry Hulick

Jerry Hulick

avatar for Kelly Israel

Kelly Israel

Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Policy Analyst
avatar for Kyleigh Ivory

Kyleigh Ivory

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
avatar for Lewis Jackson

Lewis Jackson

University of Northern Colorado
avatar for Tian Jiang

Tian Jiang

University of Rochester
Doctoral Student
avatar for Russell Johnston

Russell Johnston

California State University, Fullerton
Assistant Professor

Kara Jones

Project ACTION!
Executive Member
avatar for Tricia Jones-Parkin

Tricia Jones-Parkin

Utah State University
Project Director
avatar for Hyeonju Jung

Hyeonju Jung

Dankook University
Doctoral Student

Judith Karsevar

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Project Coordinator
avatar for Whitney Kays

Whitney Kays

Mattingly Edge
Director of Service Innovation
avatar for Michael Kendrick, PhD

Michael Kendrick, PhD

Center for Public Representation
Former Director of Supported Decision Making
avatar for Anne E Knauff

Anne E Knauff

TASH Ambassador
avatar for Aaron Koch

Aaron Koch

CSU, Chico
Assistant Professor
avatar for Stephanie Koenig

Stephanie Koenig

Service Designer

Nic Koski

avatar for Jennifer Kurth

Jennifer Kurth

University of Kansas
Associate Professor
avatar for Kirsten Lansey

Kirsten Lansey

University of Arizona
Doctoral Candidate
avatar for Sheryl Lazarus

Sheryl Lazarus

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
avatar for Nicole LeBlanc

Nicole LeBlanc

PAL Group Coordinator
avatar for Leslie Lederer

Leslie Lederer

Florida TASH
Vice President
avatar for Christopher Lenart

Christopher Lenart

Disability Awareness
avatar for Jenny Lengyel

Jenny Lengyel

Total Living Concept
Executive Director
avatar for Erin Leveton

Erin Leveton

Alvarez & Marsal
avatar for Lingyu Li

Lingyu Li

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate Student
avatar for Leslie Lipson

Leslie Lipson

Lipson Advocacy
Educational Equity Strategist and Attorney
avatar for Dana Lloyd

Dana Lloyd

Georgia Advocacy Office
DD Program Director
avatar for Kristin Joannou Lyon

Kristin Joannou Lyon

University of Kansas
Research Associate
avatar for Kathy Lyons

Kathy Lyons

Center for Independent Futures
Director, New Futures Initiative
avatar for Olivia MacNeill

Olivia MacNeill

CBI Consultants Ltd.
Self-Determination & Customized Employment Team Lead
avatar for Emily Malouf

Emily Malouf

University of Illinois
Graduate Student
avatar for Thomas Mangrum, Jr.

Thomas Mangrum, Jr.

Project ACTION!

Leslie Margolis

Disability Rights Maryland
Managing Attorney
avatar for Taylor Markell

Taylor Markell

CBI Consultants
Team Lead, Learning Employment Action Plan (L.E.A.P.)
avatar for Andrew Marsh

Andrew Marsh

Public Consulting Group
avatar for Jennifer Mathis

Jennifer Mathis

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy
avatar for Somer Matthews

Somer Matthews

University of North Carolina Greensboro
PhD Candidate
avatar for Darrell Mattingly

Darrell Mattingly

University of Kentucky
avatar for Helen McCabe

Helen McCabe

Daemen College
Associate Professor
avatar for Katie McCabe

Katie McCabe

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doctoral Candidate
avatar for John McCarty

John McCarty

avatar for Jessica McQueston

Jessica McQueston

North Dakota State University
Assistant Professor
avatar for Amy Rubin Mindell

Amy Rubin Mindell

Assistive Technology Training Center of CT (ATECH)
Director of Community Outreach & Assistive Technology
avatar for Cheri Mitchell

Cheri Mitchell

GA Advocacy Office
avatar for LaQuita Spivey Montgomery

LaQuita Spivey Montgomery

LS Montgomery and Associates, Inc.

Teresa Moore

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
avatar for Tia Nelis

Tia Nelis

Self-Advocate Engagement Coordinator
avatar for Emma Nelson

Emma Nelson

National Center on Deaf-Blindness
Initiative Lead: Identification & Referral

Christine Newhall

Public Consulting Group
Senior Advisor
avatar for Jacqueline Norman

Jacqueline Norman

University of Kentucky
avatar for Sujata Norman

Sujata Norman

Albertville High School
Special Education Teacher

Mark Noyes

Public Consulting Group
Research Supervisor
avatar for Ashley Oolman

Ashley Oolman

Disability Inclusion Consultant
avatar for Elizabeth Osborne

Elizabeth Osborne

Frisco ISD
Sped Instructional Coach
avatar for Elayne Otstot

Elayne Otstot

Invalid Corps Film
Community Outreach
avatar for Laura Owens

Laura Owens

TransCen Inc.
avatar for Chris Parthemos

Chris Parthemos

VCU Center on Transition Innovations
Career Training Specialist
avatar for Kimberly Patton

Kimberly Patton

Illinois State University
Instructional Assistant Professor
avatar for Essie Pederson

Essie Pederson

SABE GoVoter Project
Partnership Liaison
avatar for Casey Pegg

Casey Pegg

PA Health Access Network
Community Organizer
avatar for Lauren Perry

Lauren Perry

Satsuma City Schools
Special Services Director
avatar for Kelly Piacenti

Kelly Piacenti

Vice President
avatar for Maegan Pirtle

Maegan Pirtle

Mattingly Edge
Housing Solutions Project Manager
avatar for Renée Pruitt

Renée Pruitt

National Disability Rights Network
Program Analyst
avatar for Nicole Rabinowitz

Nicole Rabinowitz

Inclusive Networking
avatar for Linda Rammler

Linda Rammler

DD Network Coordinator

Suman Rath

University of Kansas
Doctoral Student
avatar for Amanda Raymond

Amanda Raymond

Military Outreach and Family Support Specialist
avatar for Alexandra Reed

Alexandra Reed

George Mason University
Graduate Research Assistant
avatar for Andrew Reese

Andrew Reese

Department on Disability Services
avatar for April Regester

April Regester

University of Missouri - St. Louis
Assistant Professor
avatar for Carly Roberts

Carly Roberts

University of Washington
Associate Professor
avatar for Sarah Robison

Sarah Robison

University of Arizona
Doctoral Candidate
avatar for Daniel Roeder

Daniel Roeder

Education Specialist
avatar for Magen Rooney-Kron

Magen Rooney-Kron

University of Missouri- St. Louis
Assistant Professor
avatar for Raquel Rosa

Raquel Rosa

National Disability Rights Network
Program Analyst
avatar for Zach Rossetti

Zach Rossetti

Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Associate Professor
avatar for Andrea Ruppar

Andrea Ruppar

University of Wisconsin-Madison
avatar for Diane Ryndak

Diane Ryndak

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
avatar for Sarah Salamone

Sarah Salamone

TIES Program Manager
avatar for Elizabeth Saliba

Elizabeth Saliba

University of Washington
Teaching Associate
avatar for Rebecca Salon

Rebecca Salon

Project ACTION!
avatar for Janet Sauer

Janet Sauer

Lesley University
avatar for Kurt A. Schneider

Kurt A. Schneider

avatar for Randy Seevers

Randy Seevers

University of Houston-Clear Lake
Associate Professor
avatar for Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Avenues Supported Living Services
avatar for Kailey Smith

Kailey Smith

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
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