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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 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Disabled People Count: The COVID-19 Congregate Setting Case Tracker

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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network will describe its efforts to determine the impact of COVID-19 on the members of the disability community by tracking the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in congregate settings. Congregate settings are places where people with disabilities live while clustered together and isolated from the community. They include nursing homes, group homes, psychiatric hospitals, developmental centers, ICF/IIDs, and many more locations. These locations have some of the highest rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in the country. Although demographic data is limited, reports indicate that settings with higher numbers of people of color also have a disproportionate share of cases and deaths. ASAN has created a tracker which tracks the number of resident infections and deaths by individual setting, by county, and by state. Attendees will learn how the tracker works, how they can add to it, and the importance of determining the impact of COVID-19 on PWDs.

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Kelly Israel

Policy Analyst, Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Kelly Israel is a Policy Analyst at ASAN’s national office. She, under Samantha Crane, works to advance the legal, legislative and administrative policy objectives of ASAN. She is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law and served as student attorney in its... Read More →

Monday December 7, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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