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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 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Leadership Development for Self-Advocates: Expanding and Growing Together Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

Project ACTION! is a successful well-established self-advocacy group in Washington, DC. As its leaders, we realized that we need many more self-advocacy leaders if we were going to address all of the issues we hear about at monthly meetings AND if we are going to create needed changes. We want to be at the tables where decisions are made. There are so many Boards, committees and workgroups at which we want to be represented. Therefore, Project ACTION! has done a number of things that have been successful. This interactive session will provide strategies to train new leaders and develop a pipeline of secondary leaders. Project ACTION! leaders have designed and provided our own leadership training, provide training on serving on board and committees, supported people to testify at public hearings, recruited members who have completed DC Advocacy Partners, developed a 6-month leadership training program and recruited current and potential members interested in taking charge of their lives and making changes that are important to them. We also typically lead and serve in pairs so that we can support each other and mentor new leaders. Some changes we address relate to programs, services and systems. Other changes focused on relationships, attitudes of others, limited opportunities and not being treated with respect. Examples of leadership training topics are Finding Your Voice; Identifying Issues that are Important to You; and Taking Charge of Your Life; Running and Participating in Meetings; Serving on Boards; Talking So That People Will Listen, and more. Our trainings involve fun interactive role-playing, so that people can practice and learn in a safe non-threatening places. We also pair new self-advocates with more experienced self-advocacy leaders, who can help them practice new skills and build their confidence. This session will help self-advocates and their allies and supporters to learn new approaches to leadership development, and will provide time for participants to share additional strategies.

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Rebecca Salon

DC Department on Disability Services
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Thelma Green

Treasurer, Project ACTION!
Thelma Green is the Treasurer and Past Co-President of Project ACTION!, the District’s self-advocacy coalition of adults with developmental disabilities. Green is a strong self-advocate who has trained locally and across the country on a variety of topics including supported decision-making... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 9:45am - 10:35am MST
Meeting Room: Ant 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226