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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 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Let's Get Rolling! Transportation: A Key Spoke in the Employment Wheel Seating Available

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Employment First is the premise that everyone, including individuals with disabilities, especially those with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. To support Employment First, systems change is occurring on the federal, state, and local level, to align resources, policies, and practice. This change also pertains to transportation and mobility supports that enable individuals with significant disabilities to access inclusive employment. Transportation has been a weak spoke of the wheel to ensuring that everyone can get to work. Researchers indicate that students with autism and intellectual disabilities need transportation skills and supports to facilitate participation in the community (Flexer, Baer, Luft, & Simmons, 2013). Transportation challenges persist for individuals with disabilities well into adulthood, and national studies, such as those conducted by the National Council on Disability (2005), indicate that some people with disabilities who are willing and able to work cannot do so because of inadequate transportation. If we can't get to work, we can't work. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) supports mobility management - an approach to ensuring that everyone can access inclusive community settings including get to work. Mobility management is a person-centered approach that includes designing and delivering transportation services that starts and ends with the individual using transportation. It begins with a community vision in which the entire transportation network public transit, private operators, cycling and walking, volunteer drivers, and others works together with customers, planners, and stakeholders to deliver the transportation options that best meet the community's needs. In the first part of the session, participants will learn about mobility management networks, and examples of solutions in communities across the country. Innovations such as shared-ride services and volunteer driver programs will be described as a way to implement a continuum of inclusive transportation supports beyond a traditional paratransit service. Information and resources that will be shared are intended to enhance awareness and knowledge of community mobility. The second portion of this presentation will be a facilitated conversation where attendees will share their own experiences: both challenges and successful outcomes and will learn from fellow attendees. Educators, support professionals, families, and individuals have a tremendous opportunity to learn about and leverage mobility management strategies by becoming active in these networks.

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Maya Cox

Consultant, Public Consulting Group, Inc.
I'm passionate about employment and supporting individuals living their good life. My passion is both professional and personal. My career is committed to making systems and services better for individuals with disabilities and their families. I also have a sister with developmental... Read More →
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Judy Shanley

AVP, Education & Youth Transition, Easterseals
Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D. is Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition at the national office of Easterseals in Chicago, IL. She supports the Easterseals network to implement evidence-based transition and workforce development practices and offers innovative solutions to... Read More →

Christine Newhall

Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group
Christine Newhall is a Senior Advisor with Public Consulting Group, Inc. She brings over 15 years of extensive knowledge and experience managing in complex environments including state government and academic medical centers, as well as Board of Director experience at non-profit organizations.Ms... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm MST
Meeting Room: Coyote 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226