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 • 10:45am - 11:35am
Shifting Roles During Transition: Who's in the Driver's Seat? Seating Available

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Limited Capacity seats available

Self-determination means finding and using your voice to lead your own life, no matter how you communicate. Becoming self-determined is essential for all transitioning youth, however it can be difficult to achieve if the adults involved remain in the same caretaker and decision-maker roles they've played since the children were younger. It's important that parents learn to adapt their roles and shift to being supporters of autonomy, empowerment and inclusion. Come to this session to hear a self-advocate's and two parents' personal stories and lessons learned on their transition journeys. Presenters will also share innovative ideas and strategies from their transition work with families and youth with disabilities at the parent training and information centers (PTIs) in Colorado and Arizona.

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Rob Schaffner

Rob Schaffner is a self-advocate who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Rampart High School in 1992 with honors, excelled in his Marketing Class, and was a member of the Rampart marching band, percussion section. He enjoys playing basketball and softball and is... Read More →

Beth Schaffner

Director of RSA Shift Transition Project, PEAK Parent Center
I have worked for PEAK Parent Center, Colorado's federally designated parent training and information center for over 30 years and before then served as a special education teacher in a Colorado Springs school district. I am the proud parent of an amazing gentleman, Rob Schaffner... Read More →
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Ceci Hartke

Director of Programs, Raising Special Kids
I am a wife, a mother of three beautiful children, and I am the Director of Programs for Raising Special Kids, the Parent Training and Information Center for the state of Arizona. I have a 15 year old daughter, an 11 year old son and 14 years old middle child who brings me to this... Read More →

Saturday December 7, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am MST
Meeting Room: Buzzard 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226