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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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Saturday, December 5 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Inclusion Not Seclusion: Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in our Schools

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Restraint is a hold that immobilizes or reduces the ability of an individual to move their torso, arms, legs, or head freely. Seclusion is the involuntary confinement of an individual alone in a room or area from which they are physically prevented from leaving. While these might sound like law enforcement strategies they are in fact techniques used to manage challenging behaviors in schools across the country. Restraint and seclusion should not be viewed as acceptable educational or behavioral practices. Rather, they are aversive interventions that are used by school personnel who do not know how else to manage challenging behavior. These practices are used disproportionately with students with disabilities, students of color, and boys. This session will focus on the experiences of a parent, a self-advocate, and an attorney related to the use of restraint and seclusion and how we can work together to promote systemic policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.

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Guy Stephens

Founder and Executive Director, Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint
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Alexander J. Campbell

Keeping All Students Safe Act Campaign Director, Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint
Alex Campbell is a self-advocate for students with disabilities who is honored to serve as the Keeping All Students Safe Act Campaign Director for the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. Alex was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was 3 years old. When he was in... Read More →

Leslie Margolis

Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland
Leslie Seid Margolis is a managing attorney at Disability Rights Maryland, Maryland’s protection and advocacy agency, where she has worked since 1985. In her practice at DRM, she handles individual special education cases and engages in special education policy work at the local... Read More →

Saturday December 5, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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