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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 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Learn to Advocate for Inclusive Schools and Inclusive Practice!

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In this session, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Practice at Radford University will share what we have learned working with families in Virginia who have successfully advocated for their own child's inclusion but want to become part of the larger movement promoting inclusive practice for all PreK-12 students. The session will provide participants with a set of tools for advocating for inclusive schools in their own communities. This session will also provide support for those who want to advocate for a greater commitment to inclusive practice in their school divisions. We will share already prepared 3, 5 and 10-minute PowerPoint Presentations with talking points and handouts to be used to present to Building Teams, Special Education Advisory Boards, parent groups, or School Boards. We will work together to brainstorm the next steps each participant can take!

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Elizabeth Altieri

Professor, Radford University
I am passionate about inclusion. I have been an advocate and supporter of Inclusive Education and Community since the 1970s and first joined TASH in 1979. I have teaching and administrative experience with inclusive programs for school-aged students and adults with disabilities dating... Read More →
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Karen Douglas

Associate Professor, Radford University
Karen H. Douglas, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Radford University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in special education and supervises student teachers. Her research interests include using technology, literacy... Read More →
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Amanda Raymond

Military Outreach and Family Support Specialist, PEATC
I am first and foremost a mother to two strong, resilient and amazing children with autism.  They have very different support needs and have taught me so much - they have really made me a better person, as cliché as it sounds.  I really wanted to help families who were living a... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST
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