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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 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
An Inclusionist's Manifesto: Strategies for Subverting a Segregated Education System

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For families and educators alike, authentic examples of inclusive education are scant in the United States. As an educator who was exposed to inclusive philosophies in education early in my career, I've been able to apply them in my 15+ years of working in public schools but have not seen the kind of systems change that I desire. We need a community of advocates to work together to promote inclusive education using a strategic game plan. The presentation will draw directly from my experience as an inclusion advocate for my students, as the Founder of Think Inclusive, and most recently as the Director of Communications for MCIE. Attendees will hear the story of how I became an inclusionist and create an inclusion plan that they can use immediately to move toward a more inclusive school system for their children and students.

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Tim Villegas

Director of Communications, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Throughout his sixteen-year career as a special education teacher, Tim advocated for the inclusion of students with significant disabilities in general education classrooms and systems change in schools and districts. Tim spent thirteen years as a classroom teacher and three years... Read More →

Monday December 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:15pm EST
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