In this Issue:
Message from the Executive Director
As summer winds down, we look forward to a busy and productive Fall. TASH has recently sent out a notice for nominations for our Board of Directors, with four positions to be elected in October. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the TASH Board, please submit nominations by September 17. We would benefit by having more volunteer leaders who understand and bring skills to nonprofit governance and resource development.
I’d like to acknowledge our recent President, Jenny Lengyel, who helped TASH navigate the challenges of a pandemic and subsequent economic turmoil. It was a pleasure to work with and for Jenny over the past three years.
Now, we look forward as we plan for the 2023 TASH Conference – Opportunity for All in Baltimore, Maryland, November 30 – December 2. I hope many of you will join us to learn, network and grow.
Lastly, as we approach Fall, please learn about and act upon vaccines to mitigate COVID, flu and RSV; soon, it will be time to get updated shots to reduce the risk of severe illness. Learn more at the #TASHcares Vaccine Awareness initiative webpage.
Best wishes to all this Labor Day weekend,
2023 TASH Conference News
Call for Nominations for the
TASH is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. The TASH Board is a governing and working board, responsible for maintaining a fiscally sound organization through membership recruitment, resource development and governance. If you or someone you know is passionate about TASH’s mission and interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please submit a nomination. TASH’s Call for Nominations is open until Sunday, September 17, 2023.
CalTASH 2024 Conference Call for Proposals Open Through October 28
The Call for Proposals for the CalTASH 2024 Conference in Sacramento is open now. CalTASH is actively seeking English and Spanish speaking presenters with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities to present on topics that promote self-determined lives for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Submit your proposals using this webform. The deadline for submission is October 28, 2023. Follow the hashtag #CalTASH2024 on social media for more.
TASH Policy News
Welcome to the New TASH Website!
TASH has launched its newly redesigned website which includes an updated logo, bolder colors, easier site navigation and other improvements that we hope you will appreciate.
As always, accessibility is a primary consideration, and the new website includes an interactive UserWay widget (the blue circle with a stick figure illustration of a person; this appears in the upper right portion of the home page and other pages) that is designed to enhance accessibility. Check out the new website at tash.org.
The XBB.1.5 Strain Declines as EG.5 Grows in Prevalence
Part of the reason we need a new booster against COVID-19 every year is that SARS-CoV-2 is a fast-evolving virus. As you can see from the Centers for Disease Control data below, in May the XBB.1.5 variant made up the majority of COVID-19 cases, but by mid-August, XBB.1.5 had become a small portion of cases, with the new EG.5 strain, first detected in February, on its way to dominance. Additionally, a new strain, designated BA.2.86, has gained a foothold in the U.S. and is being closely watched by doctors and epidemiologists.
You can read more about EG.5 at the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC News, CNN or Yale Medicine. You can read more about the BA.2.86 strain at CBS News or Yale Medicine. The CDC’s variant tracker is here.
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Will Meet September 12
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of independent experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be meeting on September 12 to consider approval of a new round of vaccines against COVID-19. The ACIP is expected to approve three COVID-19 vaccines: two mRNA vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, and a third protein subunit vaccine from Novavax. All three will be monovalent vaccines (vaccinating for a single virus) against the XBB.1.5 strain. Though XBB.1.5 is being rapidly displaced by the EG.5 strain (see previous story), it is expected that the vaccine will be effective against closely related strains.
You can read about the ACIP meeting and the new vaccine at CBS News and CNN. Details of the meeting have been posted in the Federal Register and the ACIP meeting will be webcast live from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern on the 12th via the ACIP website here.
COVID-19, RSV, flu Trio Recommended for Fall
This Fall will be a watershed in the struggle against respiratory infection, with experts recommending a trio of vaccines against COVID-19, RSV and the flu. Particularly notable is the RSV vaccine, as this is the first time a vaccine has ever been approved for RSV. The vaccine, Arexvy, made by GSK, was approved in June. In a study of 25,000 people, the vaccine was 94% effective at preventing severe disease in seniors. Though RSV is most often associated with children, 160,000 people 65 and older are hospitalized each year with RSV, and 10,000 to 13,000 die from the infection. Three additional vaccines against RSV – by Pfizer, Moderna and Bavarian Nordicare – are also nearing approval.
You can read about the trio of vaccines in articles in NBC News and CNN. The development of a vaccine for RSV has been a scientific quest 60 years in the making. You can learn some of the history of the effort to create an RSV vaccine in the CNN article about its approval.
Let’s Commemorate the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:
Evaluating Employment Outcomes in Diverse Communities: Lessons Learned from CCE Grantees in Texas and Virginia
In 2021, the Administration for Community Living awarded the Community Collaborations for Employment (CCE) grant to seven grantees to help increase and enhance collaborations across systems to maximize a seamless experience for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) as they transition between school and work in the community.
The Virginia and Texas CCE grantees both target youth with ID/DD in racially minoritized communities and limited English-speaking households. Both grantees are conducting internal evaluations of their grants to track progress toward outcomes. Evaluation is an integral part of ensuring the efficacy of employment programs in the CCE grant. In this webinar, participants heard from the Virginia and Texas CCE grantees on evaluation strategies they can apply to their own programs. Watch the full recording here.
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North Carolina’s 7th Annual
The 7th Annual Inclusion Summit was hosted by Western Carolina University at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching on June 26–27. The summit this year included 20 sessions and approximately 100 participants with two dynamic keynote speakers. Dr. Pamela Mims is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Research and Grants for the Special Education Program at East Tennessee State University and spoke on “Equitable Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Extensive Support Needs” and Dr. Marilyn Friend, a renowned researcher, professor, administrator, teacher educators presented a keynote titled “The Importance and Exercise of Inclusivity”. North Carolina TASH is a sponsor of the summit and the consortium of co-sponsors has grown to include WCU, NCCAT, ESU, ASU, UNCC, UNCG, NCTED, ECAC, and NC DPI. The next inclusion Summit is already in the planning stages and will be held during the summer of 2024 at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Three new publications from the
In his blog, “Advancing Equity: A Financial Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities,” Edward Mitchell discusses his employment journey and why calling attention to the U.S. Department of Labor resource, “Secure Your Financial Future: A Financial Toolkit for People with Disabilities“, is part of his commitment to helping others with disabilities achieve their dreams.
The LEAD Center video describes customized employment from the veteran, service provider, and employer points of view.
Check out the latest LEAD On! newsletter to learn about LEAD Center equity advisors and dissemination partners, a toolkit on workforce system and bank partnerships, a webinar on advancing financial mobility within Native communities, and more!
Assistant or Associate Professor of Special Education
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of special education. Candidates should demonstrate scholarship focused on equitable access to education for students with disabilities, responding to the intersecting racial, linguistic, and ability-based inequities encountered by students with disabilities in schools. Learn more and apply here.
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Thank You to Our Donors!
We would like to thank everyone who donated to TASH in July 2023. We are grateful to all of our supporters who help us achieve equity, opportunity, and inclusion for people with disabilities. Thank you!
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