Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Beyond Tokenism National Study

You’re in a meeting with ten other people — none of whom look like you. When you try to add to the conversation, people smile at you pleasantly, nod their heads, and continue talking like you aren’t really there. Confused, you try again — after all, they did invite you to be part of their… read more

Speechless Premiers Wednesday

A scene from ABC's new series, Speechless: A lift lowering Minnie Driver and Micah Fowler from the open doors at the back of an accessible van. They are both showing a lot of attitude. They are flanked by the father and sister of the family.

Author: Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, TASH Executive Director When I first saw the trailer for Speechless, the new ABC sitcom that premiers this Wednesday at 8:30 P.M. Eastern, I was truly amazed. It had something for everyone who has been involved with people with disabilities from beginning to end. (No spoilers here :-)). It has great stars… read more

Message From Our Executive Director | What TASH Means to Me!

A close-in portrait of Ruthie-Marie Beckwith. She has curly hair tumbling over part of her forehead.

Author: Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, TASH Executive Director It’s hard to believe that two months have passed since I came on board as the new executive director of TASH. After 35 years, I’ve picked up my Tennessee roots and replanted them in a new apartment in Alexandria, VA. I’m navigating the Metro system to make my way… read more