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
Purposely Involving Family Members in Employment Planning and Supports Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

Family members have the potential to be strong advocates and supporters for people with disabilities in employment. Job seekers with disabilities often have close relationships with their parents, siblings, and/or extended family members who can provide important insights into their strengths, abilities, and preferences related to employment. Bringing together job seekers with disabilities, their family members, and employment specialists increases the potential for identifying employment opportunities and supporting inclusion in the workplace through their diverse perspectives and experiences. The purpose of this presentation is to describe specific considerations and strategies, identified through research and personal experiences, to support the involvement of family members in employment teams. To work more closely with families, employment specialists need to understand the changing roles of family members in relation to the person with a disability and the potential family dynamics in decision-making. Professionals should provide information about disability services, person-centered approaches, and related employment resources. To work more collaboratively, professionals should identify strategies and resources to support the involvement of family members in employment planning. Family interactions and suggestions to enhance involvement will be described.

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Sarah Hall

Research Associate, University of Minnesota

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