As a values-based organization, TASH remains focused on the best interests of people with significant disabilities, and maintains a high standard of advocacy that includes self-advocates as equals at the table to maintain this focus. With this in mind, the TASH Board of Directors announced the 2010 National Agenda, which has been selected due to serious human rights implications, the intractability of the problem identified and the specific expertise TASH has in relationship to each issue.
The National Agenda will rely upon the network of self-advocates, family members, researchers, educators and other partners to affect change for people with significant disabilities. The National Agenda supports the mission of TASH to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.
National Agenda Items
Inclusive Education: Transform school communities based on social justice principles in which all students (a) are presumed competent, (b) are welcomed as valued members of all general education classes and extra-curricular activities in their local schools, (c) fully participate and learn alongside their same age peers in general education instruction based on the general education curriculum and (d) experience reciprocal social relationships.
Community Living: Expand the provision of person-centered, long term supports and individualized choice for community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in every state.
Employment: Increase the employment rate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and eliminate federally sanctioned sub-minimum wages.
Diversity and Cultural Competency: Expand the participation rates of people of diverse backgrounds who have disabilities in advocacy efforts and every aspect of life.
Human Rights: Eliminate the use of aversive interventions as an acceptable strategy for behavior modification or control, and promote positive and proactive strategies to prevent dangerous situations.