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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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Tuesday, December 8 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Changing Lives of Youth with Multiple Disabilities Through PBS and Customized Employment

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Research from the Canadian disability survey (2017) found that one in ten Canadian youth have a disability and youths with severe disabilities are the most likely group to be either unemployed or employed earning a low wage. To address this significant gap, this presentation highlights how PBIS and Customized Employment help people with disabilities to access sustainable employment opportunities. Case study one demonstrates the journey of a young man who is deaf and has down syndrome. A son of Chinese immigrants, he began his transition from high school without a diploma or means to communicate with the outside world. Case study two highlights a young man from an indigenous community who had to leave his home in Northern British Columbia to access necessary healthcare in Vancouver. In less than six months of participation in our CE program, both young men achieved "Real Work for Real Pay" positions, earning above minimum wage.

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Mike Bote

Executive Director, CBI Consultants Ltd.
Mike joined CBI Consultants as Executive Director on October 1, 2018. His involvement in the community living sector started when he became a homeshare provider for two individuals with developmental disabilities.  With the desire to provide meaningful contributions to the sector... Read More →
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Olivia MacNeill

Self-Determination & Customized Employment Team Lead, CBI Consultants Ltd.
Olivia MacNeill, BSc. (Psych.) [University of Victoria] is the Self-Determination & Employment Specialist at CBI Consultants Ltd. Her work over the years has focused on supporting individuals with achieving employment, help increase self-determination, and promote an overall better... Read More →

Tuesday December 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:15pm EST
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