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 • 8:30am - 9:20am
Becoming a Sexual Self-Advocate Seating Available

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People with developmental disabilities are often left out of the conversation about sexuality, almost as if they are incapable of having thoughts, feelings, and needs. In reality, they, too, are sexual beings that need information and skills for making healthy decisions about sexuality. One of these skills in the ability to be a sexual self-advocate. As defined by Green Mountain Self Advocates, "Sexual Self Advocacy" means: "Speaking up for yourself, sexually"; "Getting information"; "Taking a stand"; "Saying to whomever: 'this is my choice'" "Stating your sexual limits and desires with your partner, respecting others' limits and desires"; and "Starting to do what you want with relationships." During this workshop, self-advocates will learn what is sexual self-advocacy, explore ways you can become a sexual self-advocate, and practice speaking up for the right to be in a relationship and for your rights within a relationship. This workshop aligns with the 2019 conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, by providing self-advocates with knowledge and skills to have happy, healthy relationship. Having the skills to be in relationships enriches our lives and makes inclusion possible. Diversity is addressed in the definition of sexual self-advocacy through the appreciation of all sexual orientations and gender identities as well as supporting all people with disabilities to be thought of as sexual beings from birth to death. It will empower individuals with I/DD to know their rights regarding relationships and within a relationship. It is a human right to be in relationships that are positive, enriching and not abusive.

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Katherine McLaughlin

Founder and Director of Training, Elevatus Training, LLC
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Tia Nelis

Consultant, Self-Advocate Engagement, TASH

Saturday December 7, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am MST
Meeting Room: Quail 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226