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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
Real Talk - Conversations on Dating, Love, Relationships & Sex

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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.

Real Talk is a sexual health initiative aimed at folks with cognitive disabilities. Unlike many curriculum-based sex education programs, our primary aim is to de-stigmatize & encourage conversations on dating, love, relationships, and sex. People feel better personally and have better outcomes interpersonally when they have someone reliable in their life who they can talk to about these things. Our main activities include creating a library of videos featuring unscripted open, conversations on these topics, and hosting a series of workshops where people can practice having these conversations in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. We also have workshops for supporters, helping them to develop the skills to be the other half of those conversations going forward. This presentation outlines the research that informed Real Talk, our current operations, and how people can engage with our free materials to support better sexual health outcomes.

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Jenny Lengyel

Executive Director, Total Living Concept

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John Woods

Manager, Real Talk
Hi folks, I'm John Woods. In 2017 I founded Real Talk - a sexual health initiative aimed at adults with cognitive disabilities. Our goal is less about curriculum delivery and more about de-stigmatizing conversations on sexuality and relationships. To that end, we film videos where... Read More →

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