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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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Friday, December 4 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Supporting Families Through COVID-19: Lessons Learned for Systems Change

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When the pandemic hit, MD relied on learning from its Supporting Families Community of Practice to ensure health and safety, while making sure people could stay connected and informed about systems change. While the timing meant that there was a public input process, MD relied upon information from ongoing relationships with stakeholders. Recognizing that providing goods and services is just one piece of what people and families need, the DDA developed ways to communicate directly with people receiving services and their families to help navigate the changes. During this interactive session, MD will share the lessons learned from the pandemic, replicable tactics for family engagement, and plans for systems change; and facilitate a conversation with audience members about what worked and didnÕt work in their own states, including their ideas and thoughts about what system change is needed to build resilience and connectivity, given the new challenges we face in light of COVID-19.

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Erin Leveton

Director, Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services, LLC
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Nicole LeBlanc

PAL Group Coordinator, HSRI
My areas of expertise are Policy, Disability Employment, Long Term Care, How work affects Benefits, ABLE Act, Person Centered Planning, Dignity of Risk, Plain LanguageMy consulting rate is 35-50 an hour,

Friday December 4, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
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