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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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Thursday, December 3 • 5:15pm - 5:30pm
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Research by Lindsey et al. (2015) shows that while youth with disabilities face several barriers to employment on an individual level, they are often linked to higher level social and environmental barriers. Using video testimonials and other interactive media, this presentation addresses the unique challenges faced by two youth, one with a noticeable disability and one with a hidden disability, working in the same environment. These young workers faced unique social, psychological and physical challenges which, over the course of five months, were successfully addressed using strategies endorsed by Dr. Paul Wehman of Virginia Commonwealth University including the use of visuals, on-site and off-site training. By the end of their intervention, both youth were integrated into the workplace and working independently. The societal expectations that created the barriers faced by both youth will be addressed to create awareness of the effect our thoughts and opinions can have on others.

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Taylor Markell

Team Lead, Learning Employment Action Plan (L.E.A.P.), CBI Consultants
I lead a team of Employment Specialists to support youth aged 15-30 with barriers to employment in obtaining paid inclusive employment through CBI Consultants Learning Employment Action Plan (L.E.A.P.). In our first year implementing the program, L.E.A.P. has seen 100% of transitioned... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 5:15pm - 5:30pm EST
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