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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Stacey Anderson

Atlanta Regional Commission
Disability Employment Specialist
Atlanta GA
I am the Disability Employment Specialist for the Atlanta Regional Commission. I am also a 2nd year doctoral candidate at Indiana Wesleyan University. I have many years of disability employment experience and currently I am responsible for reframing and refining the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities who utilize WIOA or Title 1 funding through the One Stop Center(s) or American Job Center(s). WIOA provides funding for adults to obtain training and certification leading to employment in high demand jobs. I work with individuals to help them take advantage of Social Security's work incentives and subsidies under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act, helping individuals to understand how their benefits may or may not be impacted when they begin working. In all, I envision a time when all states are on one accord in preparing individuals with disabilities for high demand careers. The most important part of this process is being able to create organizational change by breaking down the mental barriers that others may hold. Mental barriers act as mental maps that often convince us that the old right thing is the right way, when n fact the old right way may be hindering us from seeing the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that individuals with disabilities are eligible, suitable and capable of participating in trainings, obtaining certification and becoming employed in high demand careers.