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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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Saturday, December 7 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
AbleVoices: Photography for Self-Expression, Empowerment, and Advocacy Seating Available

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I will provide some background about myself and how photography helped my son (who has a disability and is non-verbal) communicate. I am an educator and a photographer and also a disability advocate. I am on the board of The Arc Tennessee, a graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute (a program of the TN Council on Developmental Disabilities), and a founding member of WCS Link (a special needs parent group that works closely with Williamson County School Student Support Services administration to provide support to families in the district). I combine my teaching, photography, and advocacy skills to teach photography to Transition II students in Williamson County School as a means of self-expression, empowerment, and advocacy for these individuals. I will present research-based evidence to answer the question: Why photography for students with disabilities? (both viewing and making photographs).... photography is a flexible and accessible medium, it is a good activity for our bodies and brains (stimulating), it helps individuals develop new skills, it is a powerful vehicle for communication, it can help build relationships (both peer and teacher/student), it promotes empowerment through creating something new, and it is an effective too for advocacy and promotes social change. I will provide examples for each of these reasons. I will discuss what the photovoice methodology is and share about the photography projects I have developed and led with Transition II students in Williamson County Schools this past year. I will walk the audience through these semester-long projects, from start to finish. The culminating activity of each project is for students to exhibit their photographs in a gallery space so that family, friends, and the community can view and celebrate their work. I will also share a 5 minute video that takes viewers through a project... photographs set to music (which I create at the end of each project and show at the exhibit reception event). Q&A time and also allow participants to view student photos (and read accompanying captions). I will also bring a camera that students use and adaptive equipment that some students use as well.

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Jen Vogus

Founder, AbleVoices
I am a parent of a teenage son with a disability and is nonverbal. I am also an educator, photographer and disability advocate. I am the founder and director of a nonprofit organization called AbleVoices. Our programming teaches photography to individuals with disabilities as a... Read More →

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