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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 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nurturing Community: Showing up with Vision, Hope and Courage Filling

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This session is part 1 of 2 (see Showing Up with Vision, Hope and Courage Creates Vision, Hope and Courage). They are designed to build on each other, but please feel free to join us for one or for both.

Person-Centered Planning was first introduced in the 1980s. It was intended to be a revolutionary act to build diverse and inclusive communities for ALL people. If you don't see Person-Centered Planning as a radical act, then come join our session about reclaiming its roots. Person-Centered practice is not about asking people with disabilities how they want to be supported within our systems and structures. It is about pushing the boundaries of community, one person at a time, so more people can live the good life. Deinstitutionalization has, by itself, failed the people it set out to liberate. Despite decades of implementation, too many people with disabilities continue to live lives that are in the community, but not really part of it. We will talk about the history of community building and why it continues to challenge us; along with service systems, and communities. Together we will examine the question of what is "good enough" when it comes to building community with people with disabilities. What are we willing to accept? How do people's experiences, including our own, shape that measurement? Building inclusive communities requires a commitment to supporting people to discover their gifts and finding the places where those gifts will be received, and where they can shine. This session will offer strategies that are at the core of person-centered work: such as asset mapping, capacity-based thinking, and building valued experiences. We will talk about the role of supporters and the community in building diverse and inclusive communities.

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Sheldon Schwitek

Founder, In the Company of Others
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... Read More →
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Laurie Kimball

Director of Planning & Team Development, KFI
Laurie Kimball is Director of Planning and Team Development for KFI, which has 4 offices in Maine. Laurie works with support teams to create opportunities for all people to live in typical homes, work in competitive jobs, nurture valued relationships, and be fully participating members... Read More →
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Lyann Grogan

Director of Training & Outreach, KFI
After ten years of working in a segregated Mental Health setting as a Music Therapist at New Hampshire Hospital and serving as a member of the National Music Therapy Association’s Training Committee LyAnn found inspiration. She was inspired by KFI's mission to provide supports... Read More →
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Shelley Nessman

In the Company of Others

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Roadrunner 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226