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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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Saturday, December 7 • 9:35am - 10:25am
Communication for All: Building a Community of Support for Communication Seating Available

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An important part of the work in building diverse and inclusive communities is ensuring that all members of a community are able to effectively communicate with each other and have access to the tools that will support their method(s) of communication. A broad perspective on communication moves beyond speech to encompass a variety of methods which might include augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), American Sign Language (ASL) and written communication where forms such as email and texting have become critical to social connection and community participation. This diversity in the way that people communicate requires that service providers also have a diversity of supports in place so that people have access to skilled communication partners, instruction in their preferred method of communication and access to any technology that is needed for communication. A panel of representatives from two developmental service agencies from Vermont will discuss steps that they have taken to improve support for communication across all levels of their organizations. Panel members will include an augmentative communication user who will discuss his work in advocacy, mentoring, and training within his agency and agency staff who will share ideas how to build a system of support for communication within a service provider organization.

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Tracy Thresher

Mentor and Communication Consultant, Washington County Mental Health
Tracy Thresher is a native Vermonter who lives and works in Vermont. Tracy began using Facilitated Communication in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism in Vermont to be introduced to the method. He has presented at local, statewide and national workshops and conferences... Read More →
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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 →

Saturday December 7, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
Meeting Room: Roadrunner 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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