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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 1 • 11:15am - 5:00pm
Track 2: Human Rights: Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities During COVID-19

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11:15 AM-12:30 PM EST: Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities During COVID-19
Presenter: Samantha Crane, Jennifer Mathis, Anita Cameron
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the Bazelon Center will describe their work to enforce the right of people with disabilities to access health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have reached out to other advocates, including the Disability Visibility Project and Not Dead Yet, as co-presenters. Starting early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous disability advocates raised concerns with hospital and state plans on allocation of scarce medical resources, which either explicitly or effectively deprioritized people with disabilities in need of life-saving care. In response, a coalition of national and local advocates used a variety of strategies to ensure that states and hospitals adopted more equitable policies on allocation of resources. Advocates used similar strategies to address other potentially discriminatory policies, including policies that limited individuals' access to in-person supports while hospitalized.

Tuesday December 1, 2020 11:15am - 5:00pm EST
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