2020 TASH Conference - Virtual Edition has ended
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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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Pascal Cheng

Howard Center
Education and Communication Specialist
Burlington, Vermont
I currently work for the Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont as an educational and communication specialist, providing training and consultation in the areas of augmentative/alternative communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities. I have a M. Ed. and C.A.S. in Special Education from the University of Vermont and have worked for over 30 years with children and adults with developmental disabilities in school and community settings. I have a particular interest in developing systems of support for people who use augmentative/alternative communication and am working on organizational change within my own agency and state to enable such systems to be established. I am a long-standing member of the Vermont Communication Task Force (http://ddsd.vermont.gov/boards-committees/vt-communication-task-force), a statewide organization which focuses on improving communication supports for transition age youth and adults with developmental disabilities. As part of a national network of Master Trainers in Facilitated Communication, I also work as a consultant to schools and agencies in this method of communication and regularly participates as a trainer in local, regional and national workshops and conferences. I am a founding member of the Wellspring Guild (http://www.wellspringguild.org/), a national organization that is working on developing a network of training and support for facilitated communication across the country.

My Presenters Sessions

Wednesday, December 2

12:30pm EST

Thursday, December 3

1:30pm EST


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