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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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Laura Owens

TransCen Inc.
President
Maryland
Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has over 30 years of experience as a national leader in the transition and disability employment field. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and the President of TransCen, Inc. (TCI), an organization based in Rockville, Maryland that provides direct placement services to individuals with disabilities; develops and evaluates new service models through research of evidenced-based practices leading to improved employment outcomes; and provides training and technical assistance to organizations and school districts focusing on the improvement of educational and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. She founded Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc. (CEO) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an employment agency for individuals with disabilities in 1991 and ArtWorks for Milwaukee, a non-profit jobs-training program in the arts for youth with and without disabilities in 2001. Dr. Owens served as the Executive Director of APSE, a national organization focusing on the advancement of integrated employment for citizens with disabilities based in Washington, DC from 2008-2014.

Her areas of interest and work include competitive integrated employment, community inclusion and self-directed IEPs/transition planning. She has also utilized community conversations to successfully bring communities together around transition and integrated employment. Laura is an internationally known speaker and has published widely on transition and employment topics. She recently co-authored the book: Planning the Transition to Employment with Drs. Wendy and Richard Parent-Johnson.


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