2019 TASH Conference
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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.

Saturday, December 7 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Research that Empowers People with Disabilities Seating Available

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This research uses narrative methodology through a disability studies lens by utilizing the voices of adults on the autism spectrum in order to best understand their needs and desires as they transition to adulthood. The current academic literature uses the medical model of disability to emphasize the perceived deficits in skill acquisition that are hindering adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to successfully take part in many aspects of adulthood. This research uses the social construct of disability to offer a different perspective on the needs, supports, and services for adults on the spectrum as they transition into adulthood. It demonstrates the role that society plays in perpetuating a disability and offers insights on how we can better adapt to different needs, rather than putting the burden of responsibility on the person with ASD. Furthermore, this presentation will focus on the process and procedures of research practices that ensure that the most important stakeholders, those with disabilities, have their voices heard. This research is co-constructed by the researcher and research participant, with the researcher spending several years to gain the research participant's trust and learn his story.


Saturday December 7, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Meeting Room: Eagle 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

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