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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: Leaving State Guardianship: My Life, My Choices

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2:15 - 3:30 PM EST: Leaving State Guardianship: My Life, My Choices
Presenter: Whitney Kays, Maegan Pirtle
This presentation follows the story of Shanae, who was assigned state guardianship many years ago. As a result, major life decisions were chosen for her: where to live, who she lived with, how she spent her day, etc. In 2016, she partnered with Mattingly Edge to imagine and create a fundamentally different lifestyle. In late 2018, one of her biggest dreams became a reality: Shanae moved into her own home and began looking for someone to be her private guardian. This was a long and difficult road, but she persisted! Hear from Shanae and her private guardian on how these and other changes have affected her life. Attendees will also hear from Mattingly Edge, her service provider, to hear how they were able to help make Shanae's dreams become a reality, including having a hands-on approach in recruiting a private guardian, locating a low-income landlord, making her home accessible, and recruiting a team of supporters for Shanae to spend her time pursuing valued social roles.

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