Advocacy Alerts

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

Take 3 Minutes to Support the CRPD

It takes just three minutes to contact your senators to let them know you support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please take a moment to consider the following, and show your support of this important treaty. We are being significantly outnumber by the opposition by phone and social media. We need… read more

UPDATE: Support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Important Update: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has rescheduled the meeting on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. ET. Thank you to everyone who has responded to this call to action. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to contact your senators and urge… read more

Senate Holds Restraint and Seclusion Hearing

TASH will be attending a hearing today, July 12, as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considers legislation to prevent restraint and seclusion abuse in U.S. schools. Want to know what you can do to support this effort?… read more

Senate HELP Committee Plans Hearing on Restraint & Seclusion

Senators Harkin (D-Iowa) and Enzi (R-Wyo.) have announced a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing on June 28, 10 a.m., at the Dirksen Building, Room SD-G50. The Hearing will explore the topic Beyond Seclusion and Restraint:  Creating Positive Learning Environments for All Students. Additional details will be posted at within the next few days. … read more

TASH Shows ‘The Cost of Waiting’ to End Restraint & Seclusion

Through an analysis of news stories collected over the past year, The Cost of Waiting chronicles the vulnerability of children across the nation to restraint, seclusion and other dangerous aversive procedures. With each passing day, children in U.S. schools continue to be at risk of procedures that provide no therapeutic value and have shown to… read more

NIDDR Announces Long Range Plans, Seeks Comments

TASH members will be very interested in the new long-range plan announced by NIDRR, which is open for comments until June 18. This is an excellent way for TASH to influence future priorities for NIDRR-funded research. TASH is collecting insights and recommendations from its members no later than June 1. TASH members are also encouraged… read more

TASH Responds to AASA Position Supporting Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Last week, the American Association of School Administrators issued an unsubstantiated, ill-informed and reckless report in which it voiced support for restraint and seclusion use on children in our schools. This report gained much attention through e-mail circulation and national news reports. TASH has responded in order to bring clarity and truth to the conversation.… read more