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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.

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

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Carol Quirk

Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Chief Executive Officer
Maryland
Dr. Carol Quirk is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE). For the last 30 years, Carol has worked with States, districts, schools, and families to promote inclusive education practices, including the design and implementation of the MCIE school transformation process, resulting in systemic change in over 100 schools, and the inclusion of hundreds of children with disabilities, especially those with extensive support needs. As districts in the US continue to use the MCIE tools for change, Carol has also worked internationally to promote inclusive education, including Russia, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam. Carol received her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut. Previously, she was a teacher of students with autism in Connecticut, a psychologist in a community living agency serving adults with developmental disabilities, a technical assistance director for early intervention programs in North Carolina, a consultant to the Philadelphia School System, and the Executive Director of East Baltimore Resources, Inc., providing supported employment services to adults with disabilities. Carol has received numerous community awards and was named to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011 and 2012. She served on the TASH Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012, and served as Board President for two years.


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