Human Rights

Communication Access at the 2016 TASH Conference

At the 2016 TASH Conference, there will be a major focus on the right to communicate. Below are the top three reasons that anyone interested in communication should attend the upcoming conference in St. Louis! 1) TASH will launch its new campaign, Speech for All. The campaign focuses on communication being a basic human right,… read more

What Matters to Family Members when a Relative Transitions to Community Living

The TASH Amplified logo: a line illustration of a desktop microphone with the TASH Möbius strip inlayed.

Season 1, Episode 8 — 12 May 2016 About this episode Professors Jennifer Jones and Kami Gallus discuss the results of their interviews with family members who initially opposed the transition out of an institution into community living for their relative with a disability. They discuss the six factors that mere most important to family… read more

Letter to OSERS: Concerning Lack of Communication Supports

Earlier this week, TASH sent a letter to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education, expressing concern about the lack of communication supports provided to students with communication disabilities by school districts and seeking clarification of district responsibilities to address a serious national problem. It is clear from recent research… read more

Comments on RPSD Issue on Facilitated Communication

We understand that there are questions in the community about TASH and its position on Facilitated Communication. The latest issue (vol. 39, no. 3) of TASH’s peer-reviewed journal, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD) was structured as an exchange on Facilitated Communication (FC). Publishing this issue of RPSD was a well-intentioned effort… read more

Lessons Learned from Landmark Case, “Justice for Jenny”

2014 TASH Regional Conference Atlanta, GA September 10, 2014 “Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination” will use the “Justice for Jenny” case as a backdrop to discuss Supported Decision-Making and other alternatives to guardianship. Jenny Hatch’s landmark case is particularly relevant to young adults with disabilities preparing to exit high school. In 2013, a judge rejected… read more