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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 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Healthcare Accessibility in Rural Pennsylvania

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This session presents the Rural Healthcare Access Project, an initiative by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. This project is designed to improve healthcare accessibility for people with disabilities living in rural Central Pennsylvania. During 2019, we held public listening sessions in 10 counties in rural Central Pennsylvania for people with disabilities and family members to talk about their experiences with the healthcare system. We have been successful in supporting those who attended these sessions in taking the next steps in advocacy.Those who attended these sessions formed into regional teams in order to identify and address local healthcare accessibility issues by providing feedback to healthcare providers, training healthcare providers in disability competency, and advocating for policy changes.

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Casey Pegg

Community Organizer, PA Health Access Network
Originally from Greensburg, PA, Casey graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology. They then went on to complete a Masters in Religious Studies at the University of Kent. Casey has done extensive organizing work in Central PA... Read More →

Saturday December 5, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
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