Amy Brenneman, Award-Winning Actress and Advocate for Children with Disabilities, to Keynote 2012 TASH Conference

It looks like attendees at the 2012 TASH Conference in Long Beach, Calif. won’t have to stray too far from the conference to spot a Hollywood star! We’re very excited to share that Amy Brenneman, an award-winning actress and advocate for children with disabilities, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 2012 TASH Conference taking place November 28 – December 1, 2012!

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“Having just produced an event for the fabulous CHIME Institute (where my children attend), I am ever more committed to providing an inclusive education for every child. The research shows that children with and without disabilities THRIVE when educated together, and serves as a model for the community at large,” said Brenneman. “I am thrilled to be part of the TASH conference to learn even more about blazing the trails for inclusion.”

Amy received her degree in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and was a founding member of the award-winning Cornerstone Theater Company. Most recently, she has played the role of Violet in the ABC series, Private Practice. Her previous roles include NYPD Blue, which received 2 Emmy nominations, and Judging Amy, which received 3 Emmy nominations, 3 Golden Globe nominations, and was the winner of three TV Guide awards for Best Actress, among a variety of other performances.

As the parent of two children who attend a fully inclusive school, Brenneman has worked to promote the importance of transitioning from segregated models of education towards innovative and fully inclusive schools where children with and without disabilities learn together.

Check out some videos of Amy below (Please note that these videos are not captioned):

Amy on Good Morning America with scenes from Private Practice

Amy on the Ellen Show

We’ll continue to roll out additional details about our keynote speakers. In the meantime, you can learn more about the conference by visiting