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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 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Great Beginnings: The Power of Peer Support for Parents of Infants with Intellectual Disabilities

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When a baby is born with Down syndrome, medical providers often connect the parents with local resources. For these parents, there are many unknowns and they rely on peers and professionals for accurate information on the diagnosis and advice on caring for their new baby. Local Down syndrome organizations often provide an array of programs for new families, including pairing them with the family of an older child. The session presenters are both parents of children with Down syndrome and human service professionals. As parents, we know the weight of early voices in the development of expectations for our children. As professionals, we know how difficult it can be to talk with parents about considerations for fostering a full life for their child as an adult. This presentation will describe an effective parent peer support program and strategies for discussing the importance of inclusion, self-determination and high expectations with parents of infants with intellectual disabilities.

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Mahala Turner

Family Support, North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance
I have twelve years of experience as a special education teacher as well as a school psychometrist with a both my graduate and undergraduate degrees in special education. Currently, I am the Family Support Specialist for the North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance (NCDSA) providing... Read More →

Tuesday December 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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