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2012 TASH Conference
Thank you all for a successful 2012 TASH Conference! To order photos from the November 30 Evening with the Stars, click here.
Audio Recordings from the 2012 TASH Conference can be ordered. To view items and place an order, click here.
Additional follow-up details will be released over the next several weeks.
About the Conference
The TASH Conference is the advocacy, networking and educational event of the year and brings together stakeholders from all aspects of the community. For 37 years, this conference has attracted leading experts and advocates on issues impacting the disability community.
The theme for the 2012 TASH Conference draws its inspiration from a poem by Megan Jones, a self-advocate, poet and board member from North Carolina TASH. This theme challenges us to confront the way systems work, the way programs are funded, the long-held beliefs shared by professionals, who gets to decide what, and other elements in the support web for people with disabilities, and hold them up to the scrutiny she suggests. If what is provided is not helpful, not valuable to the person, and not leading to what he/she wants in life, what is the point? This year’s theme challenges us to think deliberately about answers that should be questioned, and questions that should be continually asked.
So Many Answers Left Unquestioned
by Megan Jones, Poet and NC TASH Board Member
You could say I’m sassy
or a downright boat rocker
because I’ve always been one
to question your answers.
No “because I said so…,”
“Because that’s the way it’s always been done,”
Or “because that’s best practice”
Have never been good enough for me.
Best practice gauged by who?
Not the people
who have to live with it!
We need the answers to be questioned.
I’m not a prepackaged deal.
You may think you want what’s best for me
but ask yourself this,
If you were in my shoes,
wouldn’t you want somebody to ask you,
what’s really best for you?