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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 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Building a Successful Youth Leadership Program

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Schools often don't focus on self-advocacy/leadership skills; families are not always equipped or inclined to do so; and both may lack experience in the ideas of empowering and including youth/young adults with disabilities as equal partners. Youth Leadership Programs can address the need that high school students with disabilities have to discover their strengths, understand their needs and ways to express those needs. Self-advocates, who present the content to youth, are role-models, and empathize with issues faced by young people who have disabilities. The program provides opportunities to learn from community leaders and expand the participantsÕ awareness of the possibilities for their future. Hear from alumni of our successful youth leadership program about what they have accomplished since participating in the program, and how you can successfully build one in your area! Participants will receive access to all of the information and materials needed to replicate it.

Thursday December 3, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
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