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 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Bathroom Privacy IS Exclusive Seating Available

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The presentation will provide a framework of how an idea went through the legislative process and became law. In February of 2019, a grassroots movement was born in Arizona when stories of having to change individuals with disabilities on the floors of public bathrooms were shared. Many families and providers opt to stay at home, isolating themselves from their communities, rather than endure such degrading and unclean options for their bathroom needs. A solution could be to have a changing table that is appropriate for all sizes in a bathroom that follows ADA guidelines for access and is also open for use by all genders. A core leadership formed, to take on this issue of lack of inclusion in the community due to the inequality of privacy and dignity in a bathroom at the state legislative level. Even though the disability community is the largest minority population in the U.S., once again their human and civil rights are ignored at the utmost basic level due to a body function that every human being experiences, eliminating waste. The presentation, bathroom privacy IS exclusive intersects with the theme at TASH for 2019 on all aspects. By sharing the methods the leadership used to lead this grassroots movement and get a law passed, those attending our presentation can go back to their communities and follow the shared model. Agents for change can be born who will return to their cities and towns and push for full inclusion and participation for individuals with disabilities in their communities. Our presentation will show how through advocacy efforts, those with disabilities will not be treated as second rate citizens any longer and will not be discriminated against while in the bathroom. Privacy and dignity should be afforded to all individuals using a restroom in the community, by requiring universal changing areas.

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Courtney Burnett

I help families navigate special education; I am a speech therapy assistant, legislative parent advocate, and I am a mom to three amazing kids. I have a passion for helping my community be more inclusive and accessible.

Saturday December 7, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Scorpion 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226