Advocacy Alerts

Phase Out Subminimum Wage & Sheltered Workshops

Prioritize Integrated Employment – Phase Out Subminimum Wage and Sheltered Workshops If you care about high expectations, integrated employment and valued adult lives, this is the time to ACT! On July 22nd, 2014 President Obama signed into law the Workforce and Innovation Act (WIOA). The enactment of this law established The Department of Labor Advisory… read more

Take Action! ESEA is Critical for Our Children

Background: Why ESEA is Critical The nation’s most important education law for our country’s children – the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – has historically provided critical civil rights protections for underserved students through a strong federal role in education and other key principles.  TASH has been at the table since the beginning and has been engaged… read more

Targeted Action Alert on ESEA | Oppose Grade-Span Testing Amendment

SUMMARY: During the House consideration of HR 5, the following bipartisan Representatives proposed an amendment that will replace annual tests with grade-span testing: Gibson (NY), Sinema (AZ), Katko (NY), McKinley (WV), Takano (CA), Young, Don (AK), Collins, Chris (NY), Schock (IL), Ashford (NE), Davis, Rodney (IL) The Amendment “replaces current federal yearly testing requirements for math and… read more

House ESEA Reauthorization Bill Moving Fast, Need to Hear from YOU

SUMMARY: On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the House Education & the Workforce Committee approved the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) to reauthorize and amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly known as the No Child Left Behind Act).  The full House of Representatives is preparing to consider the bill on Wednesday and Thursday of… read more

Take Action Now! ESEA Reauthorization Bill Moving Fast

ESEA Reauthorization Bill Moving Fast, Could Harm Students with Disabilities SUMMARY: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the new Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently released a discussion draft bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called the “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.” Senator… read more

TASH Model State Bill on Restraint & Seclusion

TASH has led the fight against the use of aversive behavioral interventions for many years. Last year, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights data collection reported that restraint and seclusion use is climbing in public schools. Use is disproportionate: 75% of all incidents involve students with disabilities, and children of color with and… read more

Take Action! Urge VA Governor to #FreeNeli

Members of TASH, We write to apprise you of the plight of Reginald “Neli” Latson, a 23-year-old man with autism, who has been unjustly treated and subjected to a cycle of arrest and incarceration for behaviors that are a result of his disabilities. Background: In 2010, Latson was arrested for an altercation with a police… read more

Take Action! Call Senators Today and Urge Passage of CRPD

Next Tuesday, July 22, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is scheduled to hold a vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  This vote or “markup,” is a critical step toward a full Senate vote, and we need your help!  Call 202-224-3121 to speak to your Senators today and urge them to swiftly… read more

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