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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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Monday, December 7 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Self-Advocacy Partnerships: Influencing Systems Change

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People with disabilities are in the best position to identify what is and is not working in the programs and systems that provide them with support. Therefore, it is very important that self-advocacy groups are represented at places where decisions are being made. Project ACTION! leaders from DC's self-advocacy coalition have served on over 30 boards, committees, workgroups and systems change initiatives to improve supports and services. Join this interactive session to hear about how Project ACTION! members identified places on which they wanted to be represented and why they are always invited to be part of discussions about systems change. Presenters also will share strategies for getting support prior to and at meetings so that they can fully participate; advocacy for accommodations; different ways to get on a board; and partnerships with government and elected leaders and other allies. Presenters will engage the audience in sharing their experiences in creating partnerships.

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Rebecca Salon

Senior Advisor, National Disability Institute
Rebecca Salon works at National Disability Institute on the LEAD Center and a NIDILRR research project. She has been a friend, supporter and advisor to Project ACTION!, DC's self-advocacy coalition, for more than 30 years. She also works as a Contractor for DC's Department on Disability... Read More →
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Thomas Mangrum, Jr

Co-President, Project ACTION!
Thomas Mangrum, Jr., is a strong communicator and self-advocate who is passionate about helping others to be the best they can be. He loves learning new information and sharing it with other self-advocates, his friends and neighbors. He is an excellent presenter having trained locally... Read More →
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Andrew Reese

Director, Department on Disability Services

Monday December 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
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