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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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Diane Ryndak

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Professor
Greensboro, North Carolina
Diane's work focuses on two areas. First, at UNCG she focuses on teacher and doctoral level preparation, with a focus on collaborative teams meeting the complex needs of students with significant intellectual and other disabilities through the use of evidence-based practices in inclusive general education contexts, facilitating access to and progress on the general education curriculum. Second, through the TIES Center she works with school districts to facilitate sustainable systemic reform and multi-tiered systems of support to improve outcomes for all students, while ensuring the inclusion of students with complext needs in those systemic change efforts. She has served multiple terms on the Executive Board for TASH; was an Associate Editor and remains on the editorial board for RPSD; and has completed Fulbright Research related to inclusive education in Poland, where she continues to work with colleagues at universities and in the schools. She currently is Principal Investigator on an OSEP Leadership Development Grant (Project LEAPS), and Principal Investigator on a subcontract with an OSEP National Technical Assistance Center (TIES Center) and an IES Research Project on the impact of malleable factors on long-term outcomes for students with significant disabilities.
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