2019 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents 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 leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.

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Sheldon Schwitek

In the Company of Others
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sheldon Schwitek has been supporting individuals with complex behavioural needs in the United States and in Canada for almost 3 decades. He was introduced to the founding members of the Marsha Forest Center in 1990 and became a facilitator of the person-centered processes of MAPS, PATH and Circles of Support through Inclusion Press. For almost 10 years, he worked closely with Judith Snow, a pioneer in developing circles of support and helping to identify ways that others could discover their gifts and make contributions to their communities. He continues to hold these initial values of inclusion in all aspects of his life. During the last decade, Sheldon’s work has been associated with The Center for Positive Living Supports in Michigan. The focus of The Center’s work on the importance of relationships and creating Cultures of Gentleness were a perfect fit for how Sheldon approached the issues surrounding those who are most at risk of being excluded. Sheldon is currently the Founder of a consulting firm, In the Company of Others, where he provides training and support around Person Centered Planning, Culture of Gentleness, Leadership, Mindfulness. His current passion centers around supporting caregivers to explore their leadership skills in supporting individuals and colleagues alike. Sheldon is currently acting as the Executive Dirctor at The Arc Community Advocates in Kalamazoo, MI; a community committed to social justice for all. Sheldon’s wish is to bring his broad experience to bear in helping organizations and teams provide the best individualized supports to those who are the most broken hearted. He believes that with intentional support, anyone can thrive in community Culture of Gentleness
Graphic Facilitation, MAPS & PATH
Positive Behaviour Support
Person Centeredness
Thursday, December 5

8:00am MST

9:00am MST

7:00pm MST

Friday, December 6

8:15am MST

9:45am MST

10:55am MST

1:05pm MST

2:10pm MST

4:25pm MST

5:14pm MST

7:00pm MST

Saturday, December 7

8:30am MST

9:35am MST

10:45am MST

12:00pm MST

1:10pm MST

2:15pm MST

3:20pm MST

4:20pm MST