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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 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
They Tell Us We Have These Rights But Then They Say "No" When We Try To Do What We're Told We Can Do

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Self-advocates are told we have the same rights as everyone else. We're also told we have rights because of their disabilities. When we talk to each other, though, we find out that many of us are having our rights violated. We're told we have a right to the staff support we need to live in the community but staff don't show up on time or at all. We're told we have a right to love anyone we want but we are not allowed to date people we think we like. We're told we have a right to communicate but our phone calls and zoom meetings are shut down by behavior plans. When we do have contact with other, our privacy is violated because we're always being watched. We want to work but no one will hire us. There are many more examples. We want to talk to other self-advocates to see if this is happening to them and make some noise so we can have the rights we're told we have!

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Kelly Dorsey

Self Advocate Coordinator, MidState Arc
Self Advocacy
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Linda Rammler

DD Network Coordinator, UConn UCEDD
I have been involved with TASH since 1987 and remain active in the TASH New England Chapter. I currently am responsible for a number of projects on such diverse topics as Charting the LifeCourse, Self-Directed Services, Supported Decision-Making, Customized Employment, post-secondary... Read More →
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Anne E Knauff

TASH Ambassador
Hi Im anne knauff  self adovate of connecticut .I work for Tash chapter new england as a ambassor ..

Wednesday December 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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