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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Thursday, December 5


Continue the Conversation - 2019 Employment Reception
Continue the conversation at the 2019 Employment Reception. This reception is open to all Thursday workshop participants, conference attendees and guest employers. Stop by for light refreshments and to learn more about national employment initiatives!

Thank you, WISE, for sponsoring the 2019 Employment Reception!

Thursday December 5, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Meeting Room: Akimel Ballroom 3 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226
Friday, December 6


Let's Connect Mini-Luncheons
Conference attendees may select from one of the eight informal mini-luncheons listed below. Boxed lunches are $15 and MUST be pre-ordered and paid for during the registration process.

Mini-luncheon topics will include:
1. Communication Access (Meeting Room: Horse) Facilitator: Amy Hanreddy
2. Community Living (Meeting Room: Scorpion) Facilitator: Jenny Lengyel
3. Diversity and Cultural Competency (Meeting Room: Kave 1) Facilitator: LaQuita Montgomery
4. Employment (Meeting Room: Kave 2) Facilitator: Cesilee Coulson
5. Families and Siblings (Meeting Room: Ant) Facilitator: Raquel Rosa
6. Inclusive Education (Meeting Room: Moved to Akimel 3) Facilitator: Kathleen Becht
7. Self-Advocates (Meeting Room: Quail) Facilitators:Tia Nelis and David Taylor
8. International Chapter (Meeting Room: Deer) Facilitator: Michael Kendrick

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


Networking Reception
TASH's Networking Reception is a place to connect with friends and colleagues, enjoy light appetizers and be amazed by this year's outstanding poster presentations!

Friday December 6, 2019 5:14pm - 6:30pm
Akimel Ballroom 3
Saturday, December 7


Membership Luncheon & Awards Ceremony
TASH's annual Membership Luncheon & Awards Ceremony is open to all current TASH members only. Not a member? Stop by our membership table (Akimel Foyer) to join.

This year's awards include:
  • Poster Presentation Awards
  • TASH Chapter Awards
  • Early Career Researcher Award
  • Alice H. Hayden Emerging Leader Award
  • June Downing Award
  • Larry Brumond Award
  • Marc Gold Award
  • Barbara R.Trader Leadership Award
  • Ralph Edwards Diversity and Social Impact Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Positive Images in the Media Award

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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 →
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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 →

Saturday December 7, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Akimel Ballroom 3 and 4 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226