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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Fostering Friendships for All Abilities in All Activities Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community is an on-going mission across the country, especially when it comes to individuals with developmental disabilities. The TIES Program was created for this reason. By providing support to individuals who have developmental disabilities with the natural support of a trained peer volunteer, our society is recognizing the importance of inclusion. TIES (Together Including Every Student), a program of Starbridge, promotes the participation of students and young adults who have developmental disabilities in inclusive, organized, extracurricular and community activities, with the support of trained peer volunteers. TIES volunteers provide natural support to TIES participants during these activities, and in return, are rewarded in knowing they are making a difference in someone's life while creating community and having the opportunity to enjoy an activity with someone that they may have not had the opportunity previously. Peer volunteers are students in grades 8-12. After completing an application, volunteers go through a training and then are paired with participants based on mutual interests, personal attributes and availability. Participants are children and young adults between the ages of 8-21 who have developmental disabilities. Participants can join any activities of their choice with the natural support of a peer volunteer They can join clubs and athletic events at their school, school dances and proms, activities at their Parks and Recreation Department, YMCA, exercise in their school and community and basically anything based upon choice and interest. The TIES Coordinator collaborates with the participant and their family to develop an individualized support plan to guide the peer volunteer's support.

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Kathy Costello

TIES Program Director, Starbridge
TIES (Together Including Every Student) provides opportunities to students and young adults who have developmental disabilities in inclusive extracurricular, recreational and community activities with the support of trained peer volunteers.
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Sarah Salamone

TIES Program Manager, Starbridge
Take a look at our website to view our TIES Video!www.starbridgeinc.org/TIESprogram

Saturday December 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm MST
Meeting Room: Horse 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226