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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 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Fostering Friendships for All Abilities in All Activities

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Together Including Every Student (TIES), a program of Starbridge, promotes the participation of students and young adults who have developmental disabilities in inclusive, organized, extracurricular and community activities, with the natural support of trained peer volunteers. The TIES Program Director and Manager will provide an interactive presentation and highlight a variety of topics. Some points we will refer to are the value of inclusive experiences for people with and without disabilities and how to start up TIES in your community and school district!

Please Note: We will be doing a short activity during our presentation that shows the value of inclusion. Please bring a piece of paper and a pen/pencil with you to the session, so that you can participate along with us.

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Kathy Costello

TIES Program Director, Starbridge
TIES (Together Including Every Student) provides opportunities to students and young adults who have developmental disabilities in inclusive extracurricular, recreational and community activities with the support of trained peer volunteers.
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Sarah Salamone

TIES Program Manager, Starbridge
Take a look at our website to view our TIES Video!www.starbridgeinc.org/TIESprogram

Wednesday December 2, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
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