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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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Jill Griffiths

Human Development Institute-UK
I am a retired Kentucky special education administrator. Prior to retirement I was a teacher, Director of Special Education, and a special education cooperative director. Since February of 2013 I have worked on projects involving students with significant cognitive disabilities at the Human Development Institute - University of Kentucky (HDI). As project director of the College and Career Readiness initiative I facilitated the the development of career readiness measures for students participating in the alternate assessment for Kentucky's accountability system. I now work on the Community Work Transition Program, a cooperative effort between participating school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and HDI. The fee-for-service program provides vocational services to students with significant disabilities statewide. The goal of the program is for students to gain skills needed and competitive integrated employment before graduation.

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