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.

Friday, December 6 • 4:25pm - 5:15pm
The Power of Self-Advocacy - An Expansion Effort in Georgia Seating Available

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Presenters will discuss how we Georgia is expanding self-advocacy statewide by creating and supporting the foundation of a diverse and action-oriented statewide self-advocacy network. Georgia’s DD Council funded a grant to expand self-advocacy and awarded it to Sangha Unity Network (SUN). The goal of this innovative project is to promote, create and sustain local and statewide advocacy networks in the State of Georgia for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The multi-year project includes opportunities for self-advocates to learn specific skills, enhance competencies and advocate personally, in communities, and in the state of Georgia. We will describe our efforts in the two years of the project with connecting self-advocates and determining what capacity already exists in the various areas and where the opportunities are for improvement and stronger advocacy. We will talk about the leadership group coming together to name the new network and develop a vision. Uniting for Change is about uniting Georgians and influencing change by speaking up and taking control of our lives. Nearly 175 self-advocates participated in the first round of advocacy planning sessions in 7 cities across Georgia and 100 self-advocates attended the first Uniting for Change retreat in the second year. Self-advocates have told us what folks are interested in learning and doing, where people are already engaged where people are contributing, and where we can grow, strengthen and expand self-advocacy efforts in our state. Many of the self-advocates talked of how they wish their lives were different, wanting to & blow the roof off my sheltered life, use my voice and speak up for others, do things outside of the day program, learn how to write a letter and host a meeting, not be considered an afterthought, pick what times work for me and not what works for them. Our presentation will offer our process for developing and enhancing advocacy skill sets, supporting advocacy activities in local communities and at the state level, and how we stay connected. The self-advocacy networks are designed to bring people together to share ideas and to create opportunities for people to develop valued social roles and have multiple ways to contribute.

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Katie Chandler

Project Consultant, Sangha Unity Network
Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with Sangha Unity Network as a Project Consultant. Throughout her career, she has worked as a direct support professional, advocate, clinical supervisor, facilitator and consultant. Previously she directed the Developmental Disability... Read More →
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Michelle Schwartz

Sangha Unity Network
Michelle began her career as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and focusedher skills on developing functional communication systems for individuals who use non-traditional communication methods. Her expertise is in supporting individuals who experience autism, developmental and... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 4:25pm - 5:15pm
Meeting Room: Quail 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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