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Fighting for DSPs is a Part of the Disability Rights Movement

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Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide daily support to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) so they can live and participate in their communities as friends, neighbors, coworkers, students, family members, volunteers, voters, and taxpayers. Ideally, these supports are provided inside the individual or family home and in typical community settings, allowing other family members… read more

Introducing TASH’s Statement on Inclusive and Remote Learning during COVID-19

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As this school year begins, I must admit I am more nervous than usual about what happen for my daughter Cassie. Cassie is entering 3rd grade. Cassie has been given the labels of Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, global developmental delays, nonverbal and behavioral concerns. We were already concerned, as Cassie will not wear a… read more

What We’ve Learned from Our First Experience of Remote Education

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During these uncertain times educators across the globe have developed new and creative ways to provide access to individualized instruction for students with extensive support needs through distance learning. The TASH Early Career Research Network reached out to teachers across the nation to inquire about their experiences supporting students and to share resources they found… read more

Dear General Education Teacher

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Dear General Education Teacher, My name is Will Fried and I am 22 years old, from Bethesda, Maryland and on the autism spectrum. I am a past K-12 Special Education student who turned out to be very successful as a college student at Salisbury University. I would not have been able to succeed in high… read more

What’s Good in the Classroom is Good Remotely: Planning for Teaching and Learning for an Uncertain Future

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Remote learning during lockdown was abrupt, unplanned, and incredibly challenging for all, especially those with unique learning needs and their families. Despite this, creative solutions have emerged, building on inclusive practices from their in-person classrooms. As we move toward an uncertain resumption of school this fall, how to do so in a way that supports… read more

A Note From the TASH Board President

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We would like to thank Dr. Ruthie-Marie Beckwith for her leadership and commitment to TASH over the last four years. Under her direction, TASH has re-established roots in grass roots advocacy and self-advocate leadership. Dr. Beckwith has really shined during the COVID crisis – compiling resources, organizing ways for members and self-advocates to connect, providing… read more

Nominations for TASH’s 2020 Awards Recognition Program is Now Open!

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Each year, TASH honors those whose outstanding contributions have advanced our mission of equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities, and whose actions set a high standard for human rights every day. Award recipients are acknowledged during the 2020 TASH Conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor on December… read more

COVID-19: Keeping People with Disabilities Safe – Part 4

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In Part 4 (my final blog), you will find some of my favorite online COVID-19 resources. I hope you find them helpful as you move from sheltering in place to resuming life in the community – a different kind of normalcy. As the country begins to reopen, let’s review what we know:    The pandemic… read more

Just Released! Special Edition TASH Connections Issue on Self Advocacy

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This special edition of Connections features the voices of a self-advocacy movement that contributed to over three decades of social change. The lead article shares the history about how a small group of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities based in Oregon laid a foundation for self-advocacy groups across the country to build upon. Other articles… read more

TASH Statement On Racism

TASH has a 45 year old history of standing with the people who are among the most vulnerable in our society. We are dismayed by the death of George Floyd and others who have experienced the use of unnecessary force when they have come into conflict with officers of the law. We are opposed to racism and any other form of discrimination that serves to dehumanize and devalue the worth of anyone. We call for truth and reconciliation at all levels of our society to promote authentic reforms needed to heal our communities.

TASH has a 45 year old history of standing with the people who are among the most vulnerable in our society. We are dismayed by the death of George Floyd and others who have experienced the use of unnecessary force when they have come into conflict with officers of the law. We are opposed to… read more