TASH in Action Newsletter | May 2024

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Message from the Executive Director

A portrait of Michael Brogioli. He has high silver hair parted to one side. He is wearing an open collared shirt and a black blazer. The background is a blue speckled photographer's backdrop.As we enter the summer season, TASH is gearing up for several events that will take place in September:

With appreciation,

Michael Brogioli


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Last Day to Submit Your Proposal

Today (Monday, June 3, 2024) is the last day to submit your presentation proposal for the 2024 TASH Conference! The submission forms close at midnight Eastern tonight.

To access the proposal application forms, visit our Conference website. Scroll down to the “Call for Proposals” section.

Call for Reviewers

We still need a few more peer reviewers to help us evaluate presentation proposals. If you are available to serve, please complete the reviewer form as soon as possible. The review process will take place Monday, June 17 – Friday, July 5, 2024, and results will be shared with the presentation’s point of contact by late July.

Early-Bird Registration is Now Open

Early-bird registration is now open for the 2024 TASH Conference! It’s never too early to start making plans to join us at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 5 – 7, 2024! Early-bird rates are available through Monday, September 9, 2024. For more information or to register, click here.

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Registration is Now Open!

Join TASH as we celebrate the contributions and leadership of attorneys who practice disability law to further the human and civil rights of individuals with disabilities at our eighth annual Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium and Award Celebration, this year honoring Steven J. Schwartz, JD. The symposium schedule, presenter bios, Continuing Legal Education credits, registration and hotel discount are all available now at the event webpage.

About Our Keynote Speaker –
Samuel Bagenstos

An official federal government portrait of Samuel Bagenstos. He has blond hair parted at his left. He is wearing glasses and a dark suite and tie. A U.S. flag is over his right shoulder.Samuel Bagenstos was appointed by President Biden to serve as General Counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services. Sam is on unpaid leave from his position as the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

Among his notable litigation, he assisted in the defense of the Affordable Care Act and defended Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders responding to COVID-19. He has argued four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Young v. United Parcel Service.

Bagenstos served as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Harvard Law School.

For a more complete biography of Samuel Bagenstos, as well as the Symposium schedule and other presenters, visit the event webpage.

If Punishment Worked, We Wouldn’t Be Having this Conversation: Let’s Talk About Positive Behavior Support

Two-Part Webinar Series, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern, Wednesday, July 17 & July 24, 2024.

The New England TASH Chapter logoThese webinars are designed for family members, direct support staff, and school personnel including paraeducators to enhance participants’ skills in responding to challenging behaviors. They are also intended for other professionals who want to learn more about evidence-based practices for supporting individuals throughout the life span whose behaviors can challenge us. For complete session descriptions, presenter bios, how to participate and registration, visit the webinar series webpage.

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Dina Traniello
Visiting Professor, Fitchburg State University

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Linda Rammler
University of Connecticut UCEDD

Learn More and Register

Congratulations, Graduates!

As we gather in the coming weeks to celebrate the graduation milestone, TASH is filled with immense pride and joy for each of you. This achievement is a testament to your hard work, dedication, and perseverance. You’ve faced challenges head-on, grown through every experience, and emerged stronger and wiser. Today, we honor your journey and the bright future that lies ahead.

Graduation is not just an end but a new beginning. It opens doors to endless possibilities and adventures. As you enter this new chapter, carry the knowledge, skills, and memories you’ve gained; remember the friendships you’ve forged, the mentors who’ve guided you, and the community that has supported you every step of the way.

As you progress, continue striving for greatness, embrace new opportunities, and never stop learning. Your journey is unique, and the world awaits your talents and contributions.

Congratulations on this incredible achievement! May your future be filled with success, happiness, and endless possibilities!

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Ensuring Equal Access to Benefits Counseling and Debunking Myths about Working and the Loss of Benefits
3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern, June 11, 2024

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead decision. The Disability Employment TA Center will celebrate the Olmstead anniversary milestone with a webinar focused on ensuring equal access to financial education resources and benefits counseling for people with disabilities searching for employment. During the webinar, the panel will discuss how people with disabilities and their families can access tools for financial education through Centers for Independent Living (CIL). The panel will also share how state agencies, Hispanic and Latino community organizations, and the local Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) chapter in Colorado partnered on benefits counseling outreach to help maximize community inclusion and independent living for people with disabilities.

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Samantha Moreno
Independent Consultant

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Peter Pike
Program Manager, Office of Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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Katie Taliercio
Collaboration Manager, Disability Employment First

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Douglas A. Alves
Program Coordinator, WIP-C, Office of Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


Examining How Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Serve Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education Programs

DETAC’s May 2024 webinar examined how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) serve students with intellectual disabilities in higher education. Presenters from Think College, Alabama A&M University, and Arkansas State University provided a roadmap for developing, maintaining, and expanding post-secondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities at HBCUs. Watch the presentation as a recording here.

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Spotlight on Research

American Institutes for Research / Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Survey

The logo for the American Institutes for ResearchThe American Institutes for Research and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research are conducting a survey to learn about how people with disabilities find and use information in their daily lives. Our goal is to better understand what disability information is most needed and how researchers can share this information in more accessible and meaningful ways.

But we need your help! Please take about 10 minutes to share your experiences and ideas. Five survey participants will be randomly selected for a $100 gift card.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Bumble at jbumble@air.org.

Community News

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Three New Publications from the
LEAD Center

The Power of Financial Literacy Education

While April and #FinancialLiteracyMonth have ended, you can learn about the power of financial literacy education all year long! Explore the latest LEAD On! newsletter to access an FAQ focused on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements, four blogs demonstrating the “Secure Your Financial Future” toolkit in action, webinars, and other resources about financial literacy education!

Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Benefits

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)? Can I have an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account and keep Medicaid? Can I work if I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Who can I contact if I have questions about working while receiving Social Security benefits? Get the answers to questions like these, including real-life perspectives and links to official government publications and request forms. Explore the new LEAD Center resource, “Frequently Asked Questions: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Income, and Social Security Disability Insurance.”

Mental Health for Veterans

May was #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Research shows a high prevalence of mental health conditions in special populations, including Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress and/or other experiences they may have had during their service. Explore the LEAD Center’s Promising Practices and Research, which includes a policy brief, videos, and more, to support Veterans thriving in post-service careers.

The Ride Ahead Screening at DC DOX Festival on June 15

A black graphic with 6 headshots centered of Day, Samuel, Dan, Bob, Elijah, and Anna. Above is yellow text that reads The Ride Ahead Film Screening & Panel. June 15 at 3:15pm, Washington, DC, Landmark E-Street Cinema. Below is white text that reads Tickets available at DcDoxFest.com/the-ride-ahead with the DC/DOX film festival 2024 logo in the bottom right corner.

The DC DOX Film Festival will host a screening of The Ride Ahead on Saturday, June 15. Following the film, co-directors Samuel and Dan Habib will be in discussion with an incredible group of activists and friends of the film:

  • Anna Landre, disability justice activist and scholar
  • Elijah Armstrong, founder of the Heumann-Armstrong Educational Awards
  • Bob Williams, disability justice pioneer, co-founder of CommunicationFIRST
  • Day Al-Mohamad, author, filmmaker, disability policy expert

The film will be shown with open captions, audio description devices will be available, and the discussion will include ASL interpretation. Tickets are selling out fast! Secure yours at the DC DOX Film Festival website and use the code “DC10RIDE” for 10% off tickets!

Upcoming Events

June 6 – 7, 2024
SANYS Western / Finger Lakes Regional Self Advocacy Conference
Rochester, New York

June 17 – 20, 2024
2024 National APSE Conference
Washington, D.C.

June 21, 2024
SANYS Long Island Regional Conference
Melville, New York

July 22 – 25, 2024
NCIL Annual Conference on Independent Living
Melville, New York

July 22 – 26, 2024
NACDD 2024 Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.

September 11, 2024
TASH Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium and Award Celebration
Washington, D.C.

September 15 – 17, 2024
Reinventing Quality
Baltimore, Maryland

September 16 – 19, 2024
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators 2024 State of the States in Brain Injury Conference
Eugene, Oregon

October 7 – 9, 2024
NADD Annual Conference
Tempe, Arizona

December 5 – 7, 2024
2024 TASH Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana

Thank You to Our Donors!

We would like to thank everyone who donated to TASH in April 2024. 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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TASH advances equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities, with a focus on those with the most significant support needs, in the areas of education, employment and community living through advocacy, research and practice. More information about TASH can be found at www.tash.org.

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