TASH Chapter Skills Development – Making Change Happen in Your State, 4-Part Webinar Series


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TASH Chapter Skills Development – Making Change Happen in Your State

TASH Training’s four part Spring 2015 series on developing and implementing a state- and local-level change agenda.

When: 5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, April 14th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 2015

About the series: A number of important federal laws and regulations to improve the lives of people with disabilities have recently gone into effect, but require quality implementation at the state and local level for their impact to be realized (e.g. HCBS). This is where TASH’s chapters and members beyond the nation’s capitol become so important. We work best when we can connect uncompromising values and high ideals with practical steps we can take in the present. In this webinar series, chapters and members will learn the entire lifecycle of creating change in your community, including:

  • How to prioritize which issues are important to you and your community.
  • Some simple tools for deciding upon a strategy and making a work plan.
  • How to break down a big goal into small steps that you can achieve in the present.
  • How to divide the work among your members.
  • Discovering what are the appropriate levers for change on your issue.
  • How to build coalitions with allies who share TASH’s values.
  • Who to contact in your state or locality to effect your issue.
  • Communicating directly and effectively with decision-makers.
  • How to appeal to decision-makers who potentially do not share our perspective.
  • Building persistent relationships with decision-makers in your community.
  • Recognizing success to build continuing momentum.

Who should attend:

  • Anyone seeking to change their community in ways to improve the lives of people with disabilities, but especially …
  • The Chapter Policy Committee Chair.
  • Chapter leadership and board members.
  • If someone from the Chapter leadership cannot attend, a designee should be appointed to attend.
  • Any members active or seeking to become active in the local change agenda.

Schedule of presentations:

5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 — Please note the different day from the remainder of the series

Building the Case for Action

Lisa Mills, Moving to a Different Drum: Disability Policy and Services Consulting

Barb Trader, Executive Director, TASH

5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, Thursday, 16 April 2015

Steps to Create an Action Agenda – What Can your Chapter Do?

Jennifer Bertrand, Legislative Liaison at Community Crossroads

Barb Trader, Executive Director, TASH

5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, Thursday, 23 April 2015

Developing Strategy: Powerful Tools for Making Change

Tauna Szymanski, Coordinator of the Arlington Inclusion Task Force

Barb Trader, Executive Director, TASH

5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, Thursday, 30 April 2015

Getting in Action and Tips for Success

Ralph Edwards, Director, Office of Citizen Leadership for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and President of the TASH Board of Directors

Shirley Rodriguez, Founder and Executive Director of Community Employment Services

Barb Trader, Executive Director, TASH

How to participate: This is a live webinar that will be streamed over the web. The presentation will be about fifty minutes, followed by ten minutes for Q&A. Attend live to participate in the Q&A, or archived recordings will be available after each presentation. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and the link to join the webinar on the day of the event. There is no charge to attend, but registration will put you on the list to receive reminders, updates, handouts and links to the archived presentations. For more information, contact Donald Taylor at dtaylor@tash.org.