In Memory of June Downing

Dear TASH members:

It is with great personal sadness that I am writing to let you know that one of our long time members, contributors, authors, and former Board members passed away last night. JUNE DOWNING has been an incredible inspiration to so many, many families, upcoming professionals, educators in the field, and individuals with disabilities. I remember when I first saw June at a TASH Conference. I was in awe of her and loved her message; she made inclusion seem so easy and natural. As I got to know her, I was more inspired and humbled by her patience, grace, and teachings.

June, despite her relative youth, fought a battle with cancer over the last 18 months. Her family and friends have been by her side constantly; she even recovered enough to join us at our last TASH Conference and participate over this past year in the TASH education committee. In the words of her loved ones: “She leaves behind this community that represents the same beauty and strength she demonstrated throughout her life. Although her life has ended, her love, heart, passion, advocacy and grace continues to shine on through each of us.”

Even if you did not know June, Please take a moment of silence to be thankful for one person who has made such a difference in the lives of so many, and wish her a peaceful journey.

Carol Quirk
TASH Board President