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

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

COVID-19: Keeping People With Disabilities Safe – Part 3

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Last time we talked about the information you needed to provide to hospital staff if you had to leave your loved one with a disability in the hospital alone.  We have heard from families across the country, the separation is unimaginable.  They report feeling beaten down, scared, worried and exhausted by their own thoughts. Some explain a… read more

COVID-19: Keeping People with Disabilities Safe – Part 2

The medical caduceus symbol with the snakes coiled around a staff in a blue slash over a pale, faded rendering of the coronavirus, a lumpy sphere covered with receptors.

Last week I presented information and resources on how be proactive in planning for an emergency situation during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. I hope many people who had not thought about a plan for the health of their loved ones with a disability in the past have now completed one. Here are two resources… read more