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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 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Showing Up with Vision, Hope and Courage Creates Vision, Hope and Courage Filling

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

Diverse and inclusive communities, communities that embrace people with disabilities, are the stated "goal" of our service systems. We have lists of best practices and strategies to guide people and their teams through planning to have meaningful lives with real relationships. Why, when we have so many tools and good examples to ground our work, are people still living lives ensconced in the service system with few opportunities to truly belong? It is important to agree on a definition of community, both what it is and what it is not. "Community" is not a location, or a place for an outing. It is not a place to take a trip for the day or go be seen. It is not a trip to the library or the local burger joint. Community is a fellowship of people connected by interests, passions, attitudes, and goals. Community is a collection of people connected by something they share. When we talk about building inclusive communities, we need to be finding the places where people gather around something they have in common, something important to each of them. Those are the places where we begin. Pushing up against the inherent boundaries of community is challenging work. It takes courage, and vulnerability, to envision the possibilities and be a champion for change. The work of building diverse and inclusive communities requires more from us than following a process, no matter how good that process is. Building real community with people is an art. As such, it requires we engage our own hearts as well as our minds. It is only then that we discover the possibilities. Take a walk with us as we explore our roles in building community. We will talk about challenges and perceptions, both internal and external. We will create a space to explore how to tap into the gifts of the person, the team, the community and ourselves to build real community connection.

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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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Shelley Nessman

In the Company of Others
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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 →

Thursday December 5, 2019 3:15pm - 5:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Roadrunner 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226