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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
Best Practices in Service Delivery from the Field of Deaf-Blindness

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Due to limited access to hearing and vision, individuals who are deafblind (DB) often need support from others to access their environment. Some professionals who provide that access are interveners and support service providers (SSPs). It is crucial for the success of DB individuals that education personnel, administrators, and agencies have an awareness and understanding of each role. These roles continue to develop as professionals better understand the needs of individuals who are DB. For example, the role of an intervener is still evolving and gaining recognition within the educational system as one that significantly enhances access to the general education curriculum for students who are DB. The role of the SSP, while not utilized within the school environment, is a vital role that supports independence and self-determined behaviors into adulthood. It is imperative that families and professionals understand these roles and convey this knowledge to others.

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Emma Nelson

Initiative Lead: Identification & Referral, National Center on Deaf-Blindness
As the previous Project Director for VT's OSEP Funded DeafBlind TA Project and as the current Initiative Lead for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness in the area of Identification and Referral, Emma has facilitated extensive training and coaching on topics related to identification... Read More →

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