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Welcome to the 2020 TASH Conference - Virtual Edition website! We’re so glad you are here!

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.

Need technical assistance during the conference? Please email our support staff at helpdesk@tash.org.

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National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) of the Library of Congress is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical, perceptual, or reading disability that prevents them from using regular print materials. Any person eligible for NLS is also eligible for NLS music services. The NLS music collection, authorized by Congress in 1962, includes braille and large-print musical scores, recorded instructional materials, and recorded materials about music and musicians. It is the largest collection of accessible music materials of its kind in the world! All materials are circulated postage free, and some digital audio and ebraille materials are available for download using the BARD mobile app.

This Wednesday, NLS kicks off its 90th anniversary celebration with a free virtual concert by stellar jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker! Get to know more about Whitaker in the recent NLS Music Notes blog about his life and his music at https://blogs.loc.gov/nls-music-notes/2021/02/nls-90th-anniversary-virtual-concert-with-matthew-whitaker. Then tune in on Wednesday, March 3, at 8:00 p.m. EST to see the concert on the Library of Congress’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

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