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2019 TASH Conference
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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.

Thursday, December 5 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Communication Access is a Social Justice Issue Seating Available

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In this workshop, presenters and attendees will help to answer the question: What can I do to expand access to communication for everyone across the lifespan? Presenters will examine issues of equity and social justice as they relate to communication access. Our team will examine ways in which attitudinal barriers, structural ableism, and structural racism limit autonomy and communication access for individuals with communication support needs. Presenters will share current data related to access gaps in services, training, and technology, as well as areas where additional research is needed. Finally, we will propose action steps and strategies to be taken by individuals and teams, as well as advocacy at the local, school, state, and national levels. Attendees will have an opportunity to develop their own "action plan" based on dialogue and problem-solving during the session.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Hanreddy

Amy Hanreddy

Associate Professor, Special Education, California State University, Northridge
avatar for Melanie Bailey

Melanie Bailey

Inclusion/SLD Teacher, Mesa Public Schools
I have been in public education for 29 years. I have a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education with a Masters in Elementary Education (all from Northern Arizona University). My calling is truly in the realm of special education and I am a tremendous advocate of inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Pascal Cheng

Pascal Cheng

Education and Communication Specialist, Howard Center
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... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room: Deer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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