Preview: 2011 TASH Conference Full Schedule

Details of the 2011 TASH Conference continue to come together, but we’re very pleased to share with you our not-quite-final schedule for this year’s conference. In addition to more than 200 hours of sessions and workshops, we’ve got quite a few special events and activities that offer even more ways to connect with fellow conference attendees.

This year, our conference theme focuses on creating new opportunities in challenging times, and we think you’ll come away from the conference with lots of inspiration for new opportunities in your communities once you return home.

Check out our 2011 TASH Conference Schedule here!

Note – many details are still being finalized, so this is considered a draft version.

In the schedule, you’ll see lots of great events happening, such as:

Self-Advocacy Forum
Wednesday, November 30  – 1:00-5:00 p.m.
The 2011 Self-Advocacy Forum will focus on creating an open space for people with disabilities to come together, share stories and information, and create actionable opportunities to move forward in developing advocacy skills. All people with disabilities are encouraged to attend and connect with other conference attendees before kicking off the 2011 TASH Conference.

Diversity Town Hall Event
Racism or Not, Here We Come! Disability-Related Health Disparities and Race/Ethnicity:  Double Jeopardy
Thursday, December 1 – 4:00-6:15 p.m.
Facilitated by experts Leandris Liburd, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, and Vincent Campbell from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Lisa Sinclair from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), this Town Hall Event focuses its discussion around reports from the CDC and NCBDDD. Join us for a thoughtful discussion on challenges and opportunities in addressing excess rates of morbidity and mortality for people with disabilities who are of diverse backgrounds.

Waddie Welcome & the Beloved Community Reading
Thursday, December 1 – 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Featuring author Tom Kohler, this reading will include excerpts from Waddie Welcome & the Beloved Community. This book tells the story of friendships that transcended divisions of disability, race, and income & created powerful new possibilities in a whole community.

TASH and StoryCorps Project
Friday, December 2
Attendees at the 2011 TASH Conference are invited to take part in a unique opportunity to record their stories with StoryCorps. TASH is seeking pairs of people (storytelling partners) who are willing to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives during a 40 minute interview. If you’re interested in being considered for recording, visit our StoryCorps information page to learn more.

IEP Training for Parents, Advocates and Parents’ Attorneys
Saturday, December 3 – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
For children with ED labels or with behaviors that interfere with their learning or that of others, it is almost inevitable that the pitfalls of increased segregation deny her/him the benefits that Congress has determined are the product of an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. This training will provide parents with a tool box of strategies to avoid these pitfalls by ensuring that students with ED labels receive the full benefits of the IDEA. Join us to learn more about the School to Jail Pipeline, avoiding Interim Alternative Placements, and preparing for a Manifestation Determination.

Doctoral Students and Beginning Special Education Faculty Networking Session
Saturday, December 3  – 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
This session is intended both for doctoral students who are planning to join the faculty at a college or university, and for tenure accruing faculty in their first three years as a college or university faculty member. The session focuses on strategies for becoming tenured, publishing papers, writing grants, establishing a network of colleagues, preparing teachers, supporting service providers (e.g., schools, customized employment, independent living), establishing a research/scholarship agenda, and balancing professional and personal lives. These and other topics will be discussed by and with nationally-recognized special education faculty members with successful records as college and university faculty members.

To register for the 2011 TASH Conference and attend these events and more, visit here!