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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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Wednesday, December 9 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Navigating the Journey to Independence: Assistive Technology at its Best

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The current system for supports for people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) and other disabilities is unsustainable. There are nationwide waiting lists for services and the costs keep growing. The major funder for IDD services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has released a final rule with new expectations for independence and inclusion by 2022. This session will give attendees the ability to rethink services and will provide resources and tools to build capacity in order to increase independence for people with IDD and other disabilities through the successful implementation of assistive and smart home technologies. Case studies and implementation strategies will be shared. AT solutions presented will include artificial intelligence wellness systems, voice-activated systems, medication management, cooking safety, GPS monitoring, and more, and we will discuss how family members/caretakers are able to get remote feedback through these systems.

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Pamela Fields

CEO, Assistive Technology Training Center of CT/MidState Arc
Pamela Fields, the Founder and CEO of the Assistive Technology Training Center.Pam is a leader in the field of assistive technology for independence, ….. especially in devising new approaches to independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her pioneering... Read More →
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Amy Rubin Mindell

Director of Community Outreach & Assistive Technology, Assistive Technology Training Center of CT (ATECH)

Wednesday December 9, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
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