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

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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. 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.

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Laurie Kimball

Director, KFI South, KFI
Laurie has made a career of facilitating support for people with disabilities to live real lives and participate in socially valued lifestyles in their communities. Laurie's passions are for positive approaches to challenging behavior, person centered services and building community... 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 →

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

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