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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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Thursday, December 5 • 8:45am - 10:15am
Making Collaboration Work: Creating Systems Change through Community Stakeholder Engagement Filling

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Creating state systems that support employment, community inclusion and community participation for youth and adults with disabilities requires change at every level. From the very first conversation staff have with people and their families, to the services that are available, to how state systems work with each other and with community partners, resources, policies, and practices must align. In the District of Columbia, stakeholders are engaged in a multi-year effort to reframe our entire system to advance employment and support ongoing opportunities for community inclusion. This interactive panel, representing state staff, family advocates, self-advocates, community service providers, and subject matter experts, will share successful systems change efforts in the District of Columbia and across the country, from broad perspectives and experiences. Panelists will discuss their experience and strategies for getting key stakeholders to the table, supporting them to ensure that broad voices are heard, creating feedback loops using ongoing stakeholder feedback, and leveraging multiple systems change initiative to support common goals. Partners have worked to align multiple initiatives, including Employment First, a well-established Supporting Families Community of Practice, support for statewide self-advocacy, Supported Decision-Making, a Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Grant, workgroups that ensure meaningful input into HCBS Waiver design, a cross-agency Cultural and Linguistic Competence Community of Practice, and more. The work of our partnership is based on Implementation Science. Implementation Science is the study of the factors that influence the successful and effective implementation of innovations and change processes. Effective change is better ensured when implementers focus on Competency, Leadership and Organizational Drivers, which improve and sustain organizational change efforts (National Implementation Research Network). Throughout the session, presenters will outline the core components of implementation science to promote systems change. Panelists will discuss how Implementation Science has supported their successful introduction of innovations and their ability to bring positive changes to scale. Throughout this session, participants will have opportunities to use implementation science resources to assess their organization's readiness to implement system changes, and possible next steps. Through interactive dialogue, participants and presenters will share their experiences, successes, challenges strategies and resources to promote approaches that have been proven to work.

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Rebecca Salon

DC Department on Disability Services
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Erin Leveton

Director, Alvarez & Marsal
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Thelma Green

Treasurer, Project ACTION!
Thelma Green is the Treasurer and Past Co-President of Project ACTION!, the District’s self-advocacy coalition of adults with developmental disabilities. Green is a strong self-advocate who has trained locally and across the country on a variety of topics including supported decision-making... Read More →
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Phyllis Holton

Deputy Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Phyllis Holton is a passionate disability leader working with self-advocates to be the "Leaders and Change Agents" that they are.  I work with Project ACTION!, a self-advocacy coalition of over 125 adults with disabilities in the Washington-metropolitan region.  I work for Quality... Read More →
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Maya Cox

Consultant, Public Consulting Group, Inc.
I'm passionate about employment and supporting individuals living their good life. My passion is both professional and personal. My career is committed to making systems and services better for individuals with disabilities and their families. I also have a sister with developmental... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 8:45am - 10:15am MST
Meeting Room: Scorpion 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226