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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 9 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Closing Plenary Session: Songs and Words of Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination

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Everyone's favorite, Chester Finn, will perform songs he has written and played over the years under the theme: "Songs of Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination". His songs tell the stories of people with disabilities taking charge of their lives and changing the ‘systems’ that support them. The line of one of the songs he sings says it all, "In my own home, I’m the King, I can walk and talk and dance and sing”.

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Jenny Lengyel

Executive Director, Total Living Concept
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Chester Finn

Individual and Family Advocate, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Chester Finn is employed by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (NYS OPWDD). He served three terms as National President of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE ) and he has been a past President of the Self Advocacy Association of New York State... Read More →
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Michael Brogioli

Executive Director, TASH
Michael J. Brogioli joined TASH to serve as Executive Director in October, 2021. 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... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2020 4:30pm - 5:15pm EST
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