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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Pascal Cheng

Howard Center
Education and Communication Specialist
Burlington, Vermont
I currently work for the Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont as an educational and communication specialist, providing training and consultation in the areas of augmentative/alternative communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities. I have a M. Ed. and C.A.S. in Special Education from the University of Vermont and have worked for over 30 years with children and adults with developmental disabilities in school and community settings. I have a particular interest in developing systems of support for people who use augmentative/alternative communication and am working on organizational change within my own agency and state to enable such systems to be established. I am a long-standing member of the Vermont Communication Task Force (http://ddsd.vermont.gov/boards-committees/vt-communication-task-force), a statewide organization which focuses on improving communication supports for transition age youth and adults with developmental disabilities. As part of a national network of Master Trainers in Facilitated Communication, I also work as a consultant to schools and agencies in this method of communication and regularly participates as a trainer in local, regional and national workshops and conferences. I am a founding member of the Wellspring Guild (http://www.wellspringguild.org/), a national organization that is working on developing a network of training and support for facilitated communication across the country.