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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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Alexander J. Campbell

Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint
Keeping All Students Safe Act Campaign Director
Alex Campbell is a self-advocate for students with disabilities who is honored to serve as the Keeping All Students Safe Act Campaign Director for the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. Alex was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was 3 years old. When he was in elementary school, he was subjected to multiple counts of restraint and seclusion for disciplinary reasons. In 2014, Alex began advocating for the need to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion. Alex has inspired the creation and passage of three laws in Virginia and hopes to continue inspiring others. He has been invited to provide testimony to the Commission on Youth, the Virginia House of Delegates Subcommittee #1 under the House Committee on Education, the Virginia Senate Subcommittee on Public Education, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, and the Virginia Department of Education In 2018, Alex was invited to a Congressional briefing and asked to re-introduce the Keeping All Students Safe Act to the United States House of Representatives. Alex has inspired the creation and passage of three laws in Virginia and hopes to continue inspiring others. Professionally, Alex is a member of the Arc of Virginia and the Autism Society of Central Virginia. He has done advocacy work with the Arc of Virginia, the Autism Society of Central Virginia, the disABILITY Law Center of Virginia, and Just Children. In recognition of his accomplishments, Alex was a 2016 recipient of the Yes I Can Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. He was also named as the Spring Champion by the United Methodist Family Services in 2016 and received the Catalyst for Change Award by the Arc of Virginia. Alex has been featured in the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, NBC 12, ABC 3, NBC 23, ABC 8, The Story with Martha MacCallum on Fox News, The Hill, Boy’s Life, aclu.org (National), nbcnews.com (National), newswire.com, ideastations.org, and he has been interviewed by NBC’s Dateline. He has an Op Ed published in the Richmond Times in celebration of Autism Awareness month.

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