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Welcome to the 2021 TASH Conference - Virtual Edition website!

Each year, the TASH Conference brings together individuals with significant disabilities and their allies 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 advocates, leaders, and subject matter experts from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees play an important role in supporting individuals with significant disabilities to overcome various barriers in order to live their best lives. Central to this work is the premise that individuals reach their optimal potential only when they are given the opportunity to live, work and thrive across the lifespan in the same communities we are all members of. The Conference is intentionally designed to support the interests of professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; home and community-based service providers; students, family members, and most importantly, self-advocates with lived experience.

This year, while we are taking the Conference virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that our unique approach to providing exceptional first-rate content and building strong community ties and connections across various stakeholders will yield an extraordinary event! We have taken extra steps to bring people closer together during these times, as well as to create an amazing virtual environment that expands our knowledge and spurs our creative thinking into action!  Our Conference theme, Celebrating Community and Connections, reminds us of the value of gathering together as a diverse community to advance equity, opportunity and inclusion for all!
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Saturday, December 4 • 6:15pm - 7:00pm
2021 Awards Recognition Ceremony

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Each year, TASH honors those whose contributions have advanced equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities, and whose actions set a high standard for human rights every day. We look forward to acknowledging this year's award recipients during our 2021 Awards Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, December 4th from 6:15-7:00 pm ET. It will be an event to remember!

Our congratulations go out to this year's award recipients:
  • Alice H. Hayden Emerging Leader Award: Kristin Krupa Burnette
  • Barbara R. Trader Leadership Award: Donald N. Cardinal
  • Early Career Researcher Award: Virginia Walker
  • June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Award: Stevenson Elementary School
  • Larry J. Brumond Supportive Relationship Award: Jason Buck and Lanny Bradley
  • Marc Gold Employment Award: Olegario D. Cantos VII
  • Ralph Edwards Diversity and Social Impact Award: Tina M. Campanella 
  • TASH's Lifetime Achievement Award: Wayne Sailor

Presenters
avatar for Jenny Lengyel

Jenny Lengyel

Executive Director, Total Living Concept
avatar for Michael Brogioli

Michael Brogioli

Executive Director, TASH
Michael J. Brogioli recently joined TASH to serve as Executive Director. Michael (Mike) brings over twenty years of senior management experience in the nonprofit sector including past leadership positions as executive director of the Autism Coalition for Research and Education, the... Read More →
avatar for Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

Professor, Teaching Credentials-Special Education, California State University, Sacramento


Saturday December 4, 2021 6:15pm - 7:00pm EST
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