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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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John McCarty

John McCarty is an active self advocate.  He  presents on disability issues to a wide variety of audiences throughout Georgia,  US and internationally.  
John is a 2019-2020 SARTAC Fellow, a national year-long opportunity working with a host organization on issues that directly impact the lives of people with disabilities. His SARTAC project focused on expanding the use of Supported Decision Making in Georgia. This work continues to overlap with the work of the Georgia Advocacy Office and he presents with the GAO as well as serves on their Supported Decision Making Advisory Council.
John is board member of ReClif Community, a nonprofit that aims to provide typical life experiences for individuals living with autism. Additionally, he actively participates in and was a founding member of the statewide advocacy group, Uniting for Change.
John believes that all individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity and the support they need to direct all aspects of their lives.


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