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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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Friday, December 6 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Diversifying Our Voices: Transforming Communities through Stories of Inclusion, Support & Empowerment Filling

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For people with diverse abilities, the opportunity to be included in the community requires more than just self-determination; it requires supports that are customized to individual needs, accessible where and when needed, and delivered by a qualified workforce. Inclusive communities require a deeper understanding of what it truly takes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be supported and empowered to live the lives that they choose. But all too often, the path to this deeper understanding is blocked because individuals and the professionals who support them remain invisible. Absent a more vocal articulation of the contributions they make to our communities and our society, individuals with I/DD and the support providers who are integral to success will remain in the shadows.

Recognizing the urgency of this challenge, the ANCOR Foundation launched Included. Supported. Empowered. to celebrate the successes of individuals with I/DD and bring awareness to the important role of long-term supports and services in making it possible for individuals to be included and valued in the community. Envisioned as a three-year public awareness-raising initiative, Included. Supported. Empowered. is disseminating data and best practices, equipping advocates with tools and resources, and leveraging earned and digital media to amplify voices that reinforce our shared message: that we all have a stake in building more inclusive communities. In this session, presenters will walk through the ways in which individuals with I/DD and the I/DD support workforce have been relegated to the shadows, ultimately making the case for why telling our stories and sharing our experiences should be seen as an essential part of our work. Then, presenters will equip participants with field-tested strategies for telling stories and garnering attention for the work we do as a disability community. Participants in this hands-on, how-to session will walk away with a clear sense of why sharing personal perspectives is critical, as well as with concrete tools that make it easy to craft, share and amplify stories that can help make the case for more diverse and inclusive communities.

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Sean Luechtefeld

Communications Director, ANCOR
Check out my session on the why and how of telling your personal story as a disability advocate. Stop by the Included. Supported. Empowered. Story Room on Saturday to go on camera and show the world why supporting people of all abilities is essential. And, visit the ANCOR booth in... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm MST
Meeting Room: Roadrunner 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226