Presentation submissions for the 2012 TASH Conference are due April 5

For more than 35 years, the TASH Conference has brought together thousands of stakeholders to tackle the issues facing people with significant disabilities and to push for widespread and progressive systems change. Your innovative programs, services and ideas drive positive systems change and we want you to share them with others. Don’t miss your opportunity to present at TASH’s 37th Annual Conference, November 28 – December 1, 2012!

Here’s what Pat Fratangelo, a long-time TASH member and conference presenter and the Executive Director of Onondaga Community Living in Syracuse, has to say about her connection to TASH and her experiences presenting at the TASH conference.

I have worked in the field for over 30 years. I also have personal friends that have differing abilities that I spend holidays and vocation time with. I am also a strong advocate and work with many state and governmental groups on systems change. I have written a book and many articles about people and the impact of personalized supports on people’s lives.

TASH blends in well with what I believe about people and has helped me to connect with others that share my belief. The conference is a good time to connect with others both new to you and old friends. It has also helped me to find allies around in other places that have been helpful to me so many times when we have hit a roadblock and need advise.

[The TASH Conference] is all about finding the best practices and learning from them. It is about helping people to live genuine lives and not a life of the system. It is about being an inspiration to others.

[On why she attends the TASH Conference] Making new friends, finding others to inspire me, being an inspiration to others, rekindling old relationships, helping families to realize what can happen for their loved ones.

Are you ready to submit a proposal?

TASH conference presenters come from every corner of the community, whether it is people with disabilities, teachers and school administrators, family members and community organizers, service agency professionals, or students and their professors. Our Call for Proposals ends April 5 and we want to hear from you! To learn more about the Call for Proposals, visit

Download the Call for Proposals flyer

View Call for Proposals information online

Go straight to the online submission site

Proposals are due April 5 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Contact or (202) 540-9015 with questions.