2019 TASH Conference has ended
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 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
On Diversity, Inclusion, and Disability Within Nonprofit Boards of Directors Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

Diversity and inclusion are hot-button issues in American society today, where marginalized people - people of color, women, and people with disabilities are demanding equity, representation, and respect in their communities, in the media, and across the world. This is no different in the boardroom. Though many people benefiting from the services and programming of nonprofit organizations are disenfranchised people, most nonprofit board members are unaffected by the issues faced by those served by the organizations they oversee. Nonprofit boards of directors have a long way to go with ensuring that the people their organizations support have representation and an equal voice at the table. Some boards have no people with disabilities serving on them, whilst others have a single person with a disability who may or may not be a fully engaged and contributing board member. When people with disabilities are not supported to authentically participating on the boards they are sitting on, they are used to give the external illusion of equity. People with disabilities — like anyone else — have the inherent right to autonomy, informed decision-making, and contributing to their communities. In soliciting and grooming board members with disabilities, nonprofit organizations and their missions become transparent, authentic, and compelling to beneficiaries and allies.

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Raquel Rosa

Program Analyst, National Disability Rights Network
Raquel is a lifelong disability advocate. Having grown up with several relatives with disabilities, Raquel’s commitment to disability advocacy strengthened in 2002 while providing direct supports to adults with significant disabilities, many of whom were previously institutionalized... Read More →

Saturday December 7, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm MST
Meeting Room: Deer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226