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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 • 4:25pm - 5:25pm
What Are We Afraid Of?

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The recording for this session is located under the title, "About TASH Talks (Part 1). NOTE: TASH Talks are a take off the popular “Ted Talks” - short 8- to 10-minute presentations on critically important topics facing the disability rights movement followed by a brief Q & A session during the one-hour session.

This interactive session will lead participants through a discussion about how bias is a barrier to power for people with disabilities. People with disabilities are underrepresented in workplaces, and an outcome is a lack of leaders who identify as such. Discover more about the relatively recent phenomenon of executives publically disclosing their disability, and how this among other factors could be the catalyst to help breakdown misconceptions and stigma preventing people with disabilities from making their way to the top. The topic of this presentation is disability leadership, and an exploration of the lack of people with disabilities in positions of power. Together we will review workforce demographics data, press coverage of disability disclosure in the news, and best practices to ensure employees with disabilities are included in professional development initiatives at work.

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Jenny Lengyel

Executive Director, Total Living Concept

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Ashley Oolman

Disability Inclusion Consultant, Lifeworks

Wednesday December 2, 2020 4:25pm - 5:25pm EST
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