Advocacy Alerts

TASH Heating Things Up on the Hill

It is a SCORCHING 90+ degree weather in Washington, D.C. today, but that will not stop TASH members and advocates from across the country, to gather on Capitol Hill to hear from disability champions in Congress and meet with U.S. senate and house offices. TASH’s Capitol Hill Day started with an 8:30 AM meeting at… read more

Ask Congress to Support Bill to Prevent Dangerous Restraint & Seclusion

National Call-In Day, June 12 Restraint and Seclusion are practices used in public schools (and schools that receive public funds) that have killed, injured, and traumatized students. More than 20 children have died, according to a Congressional agency report.  Nearly 110,000 students were subjected to restraint and seclusion in isolation rooms, according to data from… read more

Judge Overturns Guilt Verdict in Rape of Woman with Down Syndrome

A Georgia Court of Appeals judge recently ordered a new trial for a man convicted of repeatedly raping a 24-year-old woman with Down syndrome. Judge Christopher McFadden overturned the jury’s guilty verdicts against William Jeffrey Dumas, who was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison. McFadden, who oversaw both cases, said he would not comment… read more

A Week of Action to Support the ABLE Act

During the week of October 7th, disability organizations and advocates will team up to advocate for the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/HR. 647). This important legislation would utilize the 529 college education saving account program to establish a savings tool for individuals with disabilities. The bill currently has… read more

TASH Asks Senate to Strike Section 511 from Workforce Investment Act

On July 31, the Senate HELP Committee passed the Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization (S. 1356), which includes several provisions that TASH is pleased to see, including an extension of supported employment to 24 months, and the inclusion of customized employment and Discovery as fundable services. However, TASH and several of its allies in the disability… read more

Send a Tweet to Congress!

TASH is a partner organization of the Stop Hurting Kids campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools. Over the past six weeks we’ve been advocating for the prevention of these practices by raising awareness and encouraging advocates to contact members of Congress to make their voice heard. This week the campaign unveiled a… read more

Take Action | Contact Your Member of Congress

Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe, supportive environment, yet each day children across the U.S. continue to be subjected to restraint and seclusion abuse. We can do more to protect our kids, and we can start by advocating for federal policy that puts an end to restraint and seclusion abuse. As… read more

Urge the Senate to Approve Tom Perez as Labor Secretary

TASH urges members and supporters to contact their Senators in support of the nomination of Tom Perez as Secretary of the Department of Labor. As Assistant Attorney General of Civil Rights, Perez was a staunch protector of civil rights of people with disabilities and enforcer of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision.… read more

Help Shape Federal Policy & Support Youth Transition from School to Work

TASH members and supporters are encouraged to make every effort to join this planned national discussion with four federal agencies – the Departments of Labor, Education, Social Security, and Health and Human Services – to shape federal strategies to help youth and young adults with disabilities to successfully transition from school to work. This free,… read more

Take Action to Support the ABLE Act

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was introduced February 13 in the 113th Congress by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional champions including Sens. Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX). (see press release below)… read more