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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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Katherine Cargill-Willis

Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Program Specialist
Washington, DC
Katherine Cargill-Willis has been a Program Specialist at the Administration on Disabilities for almost twenty years. During her tenure, she has been a project officer for University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), the Developmental Disabilities Councils and the Projects of National Significance. Some of her current projects include the Human Equity Project, the Living Well grants, the Longitudinal Data Projects, the National Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center, and several Protection and Advocacy grants.

Before coming to AoD, Katherine was under contract with both the Ohio and Oregon Developmental Disabilities Councils. The Ohio Council tasked her with analyzing major federal legislation. For the Oregon Council, she collected satisfaction data on personal assistance services in the state and she also was a co-author for a handbook explaining the Oregon Health Plan in layman's terms. Oregon was the place where Katherine received the foundation of her legislative and disability experience. She worked as a research assistant during two sessions of the Oregon Legislature. Her disability direct service experience includes serving as a Living Skills Instructor, a Skills trainer and a mobility trainer. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University and her graduate work focused on data analysis.
Katherine was born into a military family. Her father's job resulted in the family relocating frequently giving Katherine first-hand experience in a variety of segregated and inclusive educational settings. Currently, Katherine and her husband, Henry, reside in Manassas, Virginia.


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