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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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Mary Schreiner

Alvernia University
Associate Professor of Education
Reading, PA
I have been a lifelong advocate and professional serving individuals with disabilities, but learned the most in the last two years when I interviewed and recorded the life stories of survivors from Pennhurst, a state institution for individuals with intellectual disabilities that closed in 1987. I also have researched Pennsylvania's available archive records to build the life stories of people who lived and died at Pennhurst in the first part of the 20th century. I love sharing their experiences and the lessons I learned from them!