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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 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Difficult Conversations About Disability Between Parents and Their Children

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Few of us want to engage in difficult conversations: conversations that are challenging emotionally, or that leave us feeling as though we don't have an answer. Parents that seek to support and guide their children with disabilities wrestle not only with the typical questions about life, love, work, and 'growing up'; but also face situations that are complicated by their children's disabilities and the impact they have on their day-to-day lived experiences. Having a disability presents challenges that are attendant to the disability itself and also that are the consequence of the perceptions and expectations of others. In many cases the barriers faced by children with disabilities are exacerbated by a lack of honest conversation about disability, or by the child's or the parents' fear. When is it appropriate to intercede on behalf of your child or to let your child manage a difficult situation themselves? This presentation presents a range of difficult conversations.

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Karen Guettler-James

University of Kentucky
I work at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky.  At HDI we work to promote inclusion, address inequities, and improve opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  I am also a student at the University of Kentucky in the Educational Psychology program... Read More →
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Jacqueline Norman

University of Kentucky

Tuesday December 8, 2020 4:30pm - 5:15pm EST
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