NC TASH 2011 Conference November 3-4, 2011

NC TASH 2011 Conference
“So Many Answers Left Unquestioned”
November 3-4, 2011
Extraordinary Ventures Conference Center
200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Complete schedule details and conference registration can be found here


Targeted Case Management Training for I/DD: This training event provides an overview of the case management functions of assessment; person centered planning development, referral and monitoring and fulfills 5 hours of the 20 required training hours for targeted case managers.

Advance registration and payment ($60) is required for this training. Link to DDTI to register. O.5 CEU’s can be purchased through the website. Certificates are e-mailed after completion. For further information, contact DDTI (919) 966-5463 or

In addition, attendees will hear Bill Smith’s discussion on successful advocacy and have the opportunity to watch the special screening of A New Kind of Listening! A boxed lunch will be provided for the Pre-Conference attendees.

8-8:30 a.m. I/DD TCM Training Registration Table Open (Sign in required)

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Targeted Case Management Training for I/DD: Developmental Disabilities Training Institute (DDTI), Jordan Institute for Families, UNC School of Social Work. (Break and Silent Auction 10:15 – 10:30 a.m.).

12-1 p.m. Boxed lunch for Pre-Conference attendees. Opportunity to view A New Kind of Listening.

1-2:30 p.m. Advocacy: It’s All About Public Relations: Bill Smith, APR. See Conference agenda for speaker and topic description.

2:30-4:30 p.m. Targeted Case Management Training for I/DD. (cont.) (Sign in required)


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Conference Registration Table and Silent Auction Open

12-1 p.m. A New Kind of Listening. (Pre-conference special repeat screening!) An award winning and moving documentary about a theater group that includes diverse members of a community, including people with severe disabilities, showing how people can support each other to move beyond conventional definitions of human communication and interaction.

1-2:30 p.m. Advocacy: It’s All About Public Relations: Bill Smith, father, advocate, national TASH board member, Accredited Public Relations professional , and owner of Smith Phillips Strategic Communications. Learn how one person made a difference and how to use his techniques in your advocacy.

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a budget that would essentially eliminate community supports for families of people with disabilities. Bill Smith offered his testimony to the Senate Finance Committee to explain how the proposed cuts were fiscally, morally and clinically irresponsible. The funding was reinstated. View the text of Bill’s testimony here.

2:30-3:45 p.m. I Want To Appeal! Disability Rights North Carolina will outline your appeal rights, due process, how to appeal decisions about your services, what to do and expect, and who can help.

3:45-4:45 p.m. NCTASH Annual Membership Meeting (Silent Auction Open):

Opening Remarks: Beth Heywood, President, NCTASH
Financial Report: Sally Abril, Treasurer
Presentation of Slate for Elections: Carol Hubbard
Resolutions: Tony Dalton


8-9 a.m. Conference Registration Table and Silent Auction Open

8:30-9 a.m. Opening Remarks: Beth Heywood, President NCTASH

So Many Answers Left Unquestioned: Megan Jones
Introduction of Lou Brown: Tony Dalton

9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lou Brown Unplugged Again! Students with Significant

Disabilities in Integrated Schools: Lou Brown, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Expert Witness, Lecturer, Consultant and Founding Member of national TASH. (Break 10:30-10:45 a.m.) (0.3 University based CEU’s available from Western Carolina University at no additional cost).

Back By Popular Demand!

At last year’s conference, Lou Brown challenged us, entertained us and left us with many provocative ideas. In these dire economic times we hear many answers from government officials, “experts,” and others but with “so many answers left unquestioned.” Lou continues to question the answers and fight for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

12-1 p.m. Boxed Lunch Provided-Silent Auction Open (bidding closes at 1:30PM)

1-2:30 p.m. The 1915(b)/(c) Waiver: A Panel Discussion: A panel of professionals, self advocates, family members and providers will speak. An in-depth analysis from a variety of perspectives.

2:30-2:45 p.m. Silent Auction Winners Announced!!!! Break

2:45-4:30 p.m. Town Hall Meeting on the 1915 (b)/(c) Waiver: A Time for Us to Question the Answers! This is your opportunity to discuss your questions with the experts and amongst ourselves to help gain a better understanding of what the waiver means to you.

NC TASH thanks Disability Rights North Carolina, the Developmental Disabilities Training Institute, & Western Carolina University for their educational participation in this conference.

So Many Answers Left Unquestioned

by Megan Jones, Poet and NC TASH Board Member

You could say I’m sassy

or a downright boat rocker

because I’ve always been one

to question your answers.

No “because I said so…,”

“Because that’s the way it’s always been done,”

Or “because that’s best practice”

Have never been good enough for me.

Best practice gauged by who?

Not the people

who have to live with it!

We need the answers to be questioned.

I’m not a prepackaged deal.

You may think you want what’s best for me

but ask yourself this,

If you were in my shoes,

wouldn’t you want somebody to ask you,

what’s really best for you?