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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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Sunday, December 6 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Come Join the Employment First Movement and Advocate for Real Jobs

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Come learn how to advocate for Real Jobs for Real Pay, also known as CIE. CIE stands for Competitive Integrated Employment. We believe that people with developmental disabilities have a right to work in jobs in the community. We believe that everyone deserves equal pay for equal work. I believe in Employment First. Work will be the most important service for all working age people with developmental disabilities. I believe that fears about closing workshops can be reduced if we promote self-advocacy. Sheltered workshops are NOT a thing of the past. There are many sheltered workshops. In this presentation, I will provide information about Employment First and Real Jobs for Real Pay. We will introduce the SARTAC Disability Employment Policy 101 Guide. This was created by Nicole LeBlanc who was a SARTAC Fellow in 2018-2019. The tool kit has information to help self-advocates and their allies advocate for policies that support Real Jobs for Real Pay.

Presenters
avatar for Erin Leveton

Erin Leveton

Director, Alvarez & Marsal
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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,


Sunday December 6, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST
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