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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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Wednesday, December 2 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Community Meet Up!: Let's Connect! Informal Gatherings

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ATTN CONFERENCE ATTENDEES: Would you like to meet up with some like-minded friends and colleagues from around the country? Then, join this virtual opportunity and be part of one of the informal gatherings listed below:

Diversity & Social Impact: Facilitator: LaQuita Montgomery
Families & Siblings: Facilitator: Grace Francis and Raquel Rosa
Inclusive Education: Facilitator: Kathleen Becht and Mary (Molly) Sheppard
Self-Advocates: Facilitators:Tia Nelis and David Taylor
(NEW) Progressive Provider Network: Facilitators: Michael Kendrick and Jennifer Lengyel

Presenters
avatar for Grace Francis

Grace Francis

Assistant Professor, Special Education, George Mason University
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Jenny Lengyel

Executive Director, Total Living Concept
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Raquel Rosa

Program Analyst, National Disability Rights Network
Raquel is a lifelong disability advocate. Having grown up with several relatives with disabilities, Raquel’s commitment to disability advocacy strengthened in 2002 while providing direct supports to adults with significant disabilities, many of whom were previously institutionalized... Read More →
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Michael Kendrick

Director, Center for Public Representation
I have been very involved in person centered approaches that result in enriched lives for the person who is the focus. This interest has led to many associated questions such as values based leadership, defining and achieving quality outcomes, embedding people in valued roles in community... Read More →
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Tia Nelis

Self-Advocate Engagement Coordinator, TASH
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LaQuita Spivey Montgomery

LS Montgomery and Associates, Inc.
I’m a TASH board member and co-chair of the Diversity & Social Impact Committee. I’m also the current president of the Florida TASH chapter. I’ve been in the field for over 20 years working primarily in home and community settings. I’m a board certified behavior analyst and... Read More →
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Kathleen Becht, PhD

Director, Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education, University of Central Florida
Talk to me about families and self advocates, inclusive postsecondary education and credentials for students with intellectual disability, our Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education TPSID grant, or about gardening, historical fiction, and hiking!
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Michael Brogioli

Executive Director, TASH
Michael J. Brogioli recently joined TASH to serve as Executive Director. Michael (Mike) brings over twenty years of senior management experience in the nonprofit sector including past leadership positions as executive director of the Autism Coalition for Research and Education, the... Read More →


Wednesday December 2, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm EST
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