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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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Debra Curran

Parent Advocate
Santa Ana, CA
If someone had told me 5 or 6 years ago that I would become an active advocate, I would have laughed at them. Well, here it is today, and I unwittingly became a vocal advocate for disability rights when fighting to maintain my daughter's right to access to healthcare (through the ACA). I had no idea that so many people would favor dragging us back into an era where insurance companies could put lifetime caps and enforce pre-existing condition rules. My daughter is medically complex, and for her, getting access to affordable healthcare means life or death. It also keeps us from bankruptcy.

I started with random opportunities as they arose. I learned ways that I could make a difference. It eventually led to getting the attention of a Senator and a Congresswoman who are also fighting for affordable care.

As I became more outspoken, I was asked to give an advocacy presentation to a private health-related Facebook group. One of the members who saw the presentation suggested that I bring it here. So here I am, to show you that , you too can be an advocate.

My Presenters Sessions

Friday, December 6
 

5:15pm

 


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