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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.

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Wednesday, December 4
 

11:30am

TASH Board of Directors Meeting
Open to TASH board members only.

Moderators
avatar for Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Executive Director, TASH
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director at TASH, a non-profit that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities. She is a national consultant who helps people with disabilities develop and implement strategies for greater autonomy... Read More →
avatar for Ruby Moore

Ruby Moore

Executive Director, Georgia Advocacy Office
Ruby Moore is the Executive Director of the Georgia Advocacy Office, the designated Protection and Advocacy System for People with Disabilities in Georgia. Moore is nationally known for her work in the disability field over the past 40 years, particularly in the areas of employment... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 6:00pm
Quail 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

6:30pm

Registration Opens!
Welcome to the 2019 TASH Conference!  Stop by to pick up your name badge before the rush! Registration will be open during these hours.

Wednesday December 4, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Registration Desk - Akimel O'otham Foyer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226
 
Thursday, December 5
 

7:00am

Registration
Check in and get your name badge here! Registration will be open during these hours.

Thursday December 5, 2019 7:00am - 6:00pm
Registration Desk - Akimel O'otham Foyer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

8:00am

The Business of Human Dignity: How Work is Critical to Life, Happiness and Well-Being
The American job market has never been as dynamic and innovative as it is today. Yet, for too many Americans with disabilities, we remain on the sidelines of our nation’s great workforce.
Commissioner Julie Hocker will use her own career path as a backdrop to examine the never-before- seen opportunities for people with disabilities in the labor force.  As we look to advance economic mobility and healthier outcomes for all Americans, she will examine the barriers that remain for people with disabilities and the life-changing outcomes for people who are engaged in meaningful, integrative and competitive employment.

Presenters
avatar for Commissioner Julie Hocker

Commissioner Julie Hocker

Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Julie Hocker joined ACL as the Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities on October 1, 2018. Hocker brings to the role extensive experience in operational process improvement, risk management, and effectiveness assessment. Ms. Hocker joins ACL from the Charles Koch Foundation... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am

8:00am

Thursday Workshops
Thursday Workshops are short-course workshops that are delivered by teams of presenters around a particular topic in an assigned room from 1.5-4 hours. Workshops allow attendees to dive into popular topics in more depth. Workshops will take place on Thursday only.

Thursday December 5, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

1:00pm

Thursday Workshops
Thursday Workshops are short-course workshops that are delivered by teams of presenters around a particular topic in an assigned room from 1.5-4 hours. Workshops allow attendees to dive into popular topics in more depth. Workshops will take place on Thursday only.

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

4:00pm

Exhibit Hall Opens!
Thursday December 5, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

7:30pm

Film Festival
In addition to the hundreds of outstanding presentations, attendees also have an opportunity to experience the fine art of film making at the 2019 TASH Conference

Moderators
avatar for Donald Taylor

Donald Taylor

Special Projects Manager, TASH

Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226
 
Friday, December 6
 

7:00am

Registration
Check in and get your name badge here! Registration will be open during these hours.

Friday December 6, 2019 7:00am - 12:00pm
Registration Desk - Akimel O'otham Foyer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

8:00am

Exhibit Hall
Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 7:00pm
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

8:15am

Opening General Session
8:15 - 8:45 AM: Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:30 AM: Finding Purpose Through Struggle: My Personal Experience as an At-Risk Student and How I Build Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom (​Raymond Guron​​​)

Presenters
avatar for Raymond Guron

Raymond Guron

General Educator, Goleta Union Elementary School
Raymond began his educational career in 2006 as a paraeducator in special education where he discovered his love and passion for teaching. He now teaches 3rd grade in general education and strives to build an inclusive classroom culture. As a child of immigrants and a first-generation... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:15am - 9:30am
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

9:45am

Breakout Sessions
Breakout Presentations are delivered in assigned meeting rooms for 50 minutes.

    Friday December 6, 2019 9:45am - 11:45am
    Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

    12:00pm

    Let's Connect Luncheons
    Friday December 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

    1:10pm

    Breakout Sessions
    Breakout Presentations are delivered in assigned meeting rooms for 50 minutes.

      Friday December 6, 2019 1:10pm - 5:00pm
      Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

      5:15pm

      Networking Reception
      Friday December 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:45pm
      Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

      5:15pm

      Poster Presentations
      Poster Presentations capture information about a particular topic in the form of printed text and graphics. Poster presentations are displayed on large foam core boards on easels.  Poster presentations are shared during a 1.5-hour period in a large room with other poster presentations.

        Friday December 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:45pm
        Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226
         
        Saturday, December 7
         

        7:30am

        Registration
        Check in and get your name badge here! Registration will be open during these hours.

        Saturday December 7, 2019 7:30am - 12:00pm
        Registration Desk - Akimel O'otham Foyer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

        8:00am

        Exhibit Hall
        Saturday December 7, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
        Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

        8:30am

        Breakout Sessions
        Breakout Presentations are delivered in assigned meeting rooms for 50 minutes.

          Saturday December 7, 2019 8:30am - 11:45am
          Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

          12:00pm

          Membership Luncheon & Awards Ceremony
          Saturday December 7, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
          Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

          1:10pm

          Breakout Sessions
          Breakout Presentations are delivered in assigned meeting rooms for 50 minutes.

            Saturday December 7, 2019 1:10pm - 4:10pm
            Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

            4:20pm

            Closing General Session
            4:20-4:50 pm: Being Realistic Isn't Realistic!
            In a fast paced, entertaining speech filled with “ah-ha” insights, Emma Van der Klift and Norman Kunc draw on their experience of disability and show how people often get trapped in the habits of inefficiency. They maintain that deep curiosity, the expectation that failure is an important part of learning, and a defiant refusal to be “realistic” can not only open up new options for people with disabilities but, more importantly, can make the process of support a lot more fun.

            4:50-5:00 pm: Closing Remarks

            Presenters
            avatar for Norman Kunc M.Sc. & Emma Van der Klift M.A

            Norman Kunc M.Sc. & Emma Van der Klift M.A

            Broadreach Training and Resources
            Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and... Read More →


            Saturday December 7, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
            Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226