The TASH Training Fall 2014 Webinar Series

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Beginning this month, TASH will host an annual series of expert presentations on topics of importance to our community, available for live participation via the web, then archived in the TASH Training Resource Library on There will be a Fall and Spring session, each to consist of about a talk per week for fifteen weeks. The Fall series will run from September through November and the Spring session will be from February to May. So it is with great excitement that we are announcing our lineup of presentations for our first Fall 2014 TASH Training season! The inaugural season is comprised of two series of talks:

Detailed descriptions of each talk will be made available as we get closer to the presentation day, but for the purpose of saving the date now, the schedules for the three series are as follows:

Sexuality, Education and Support for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
2-30 October 2014

There has been significant progress in the last 40 years toward inclusiveness for people with Intellectual Disability (ID). But enjoying a mature intimate relationship with another adult — which for most people is one of the most important experiences in life — simply doesn’t exist for many people with ID.

Many, including those closest to people with ID, assume that sexuality is not important for people with ID, or that they do not have the capacity to make the right decisions regarding adult relationships. There are concerns that people with ID might be hurt, abused, exposed to a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant. And because of such attitudes, many people with ID never have an opportunity to experience the love offered by another significant individual.

This webinar series will address what we should teach people with ID about sexuality and how we should teach it. Each of the one-hour presentations will offer important information to teachers, community service providers, and parents about what persons with ID should learn, including those with various support needs. Our purpose is to prevent the lack of information about sexuality from being a further impediment to an important part of life. This is one of the last but most important barriers that many people with ID face and we hope parents and professionals will take advantage of this opportunity to help eliminate it.

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4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Thursday, 2 October 2014

The About Life Curriculum: What to Teach and When to Teach It

Dr. David Westling, Adelaide Worth Daniels Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Director of the University Participant Program, Western Carolina University

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Thursday, 9 October 2014

Assessing Learning Needs and Individualizing Instruction

Mr. Seb Prohn, Faculty Liaison/Outreach Coordinator, University Participant Program, Western Carolina University

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Monday, 20 October 2014 — note the different day from the usual schedule

Developing and Delivering Meaningful Lessons

Ms. Aubrey Ray, Health Education Instructor and About Life Consultant, Western Carolina University

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Thursday, 23 October 2014

Teaching about Sexuality Using Direct Instruction and Social Stories

Dr. Pamela Wolfe, Associate Professor of Special Education, Pennsylvania State University

Sarah Domire, M.Ed., Doctoral Candidate in Special Education at Pennsylvania State University

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Thursday, 30 October 2014

(S)He Loves Me; (S)He Loves Me Not: Avoiding Abusive Relationships

Dr. Karen Ward, Director, Center for Human Development, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Values-Based Leadership in Supported Living: Stepping Up to the Promise and the Spirit of the Home and Community Based Waiver
30 September – 18 November 2014

The 2014 Home and Community-Based Services Waivers (HCBS) regulations hold enormous potential for the way support services are provided to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These new regulations mark one step closer to the promise of the Olmstead Decision — upholding the “most integrated setting possible” standard of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

This can’t miss webinar series offers state agency leaders, adult service providers, family members, and service beneficiaries grounding in the meaning of the new Waiver regulations and a comprehensive review of WHY and how to implement them. Webinar presenters, many of whom are internationally renowned thought-leaders and trainers, will cover big questions and lessons learned from decades in the field such as grounding practices in strong values; the meaning of “person-centered”; the ethics of supporting vulnerable people; empowering the community to support its citizens; supporting risk-taking and much more. Many great examples of adults living productive, valued roles in their communities will be shared along with descriptive of the supports that make thriving possible.

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3:30-4:30 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 — Please note the earlier time from the rest of the schedule

The Promise and Intent of HCBS Regulations and Settings Requirements

Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Rachel Patterson, Policy Manager, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Monday, 6 October 2014 — Please note the change from the regular schedule

Person-Centered Planning — What Does this Really Mean?

John O’Brien is a thinker and writer working to foster inclusiveness

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Authentic Person Centered Planning — the Role of Community

Tom Kohler, Coordinator and Executive Director, Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Supporting Genuine Choice

Hope Dittmeier, Founder, Realizations, LLC

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Great Stories – How “Person-Centered” Plays out in Real Life

Scott Shepard, Executive Director, Avenues, Inc.

Gail Fanjoy, Executive Director, Katahdin Friends, Inc.

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Truth Telling: Bringing Consistency to the Practice of Supporting People

Jeff Strully, Executive Director, Jay Nolan Community Services

Lyle Romer, Executive Director, Total Living Concept

This series will take a one week hiatus as Tuesday, 11 November is Veterans’ Day

4:00-5:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Business Impact of Authentic Person-Centered Planning

Michael Kendrick, Kendrick Consulting, International

Pat Fratangelo, Executive Director, Onondaga Community Living

Attendees can register on a per session basis or for an entire series. Each session is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. Participants registering for an entire series will receive a 20 percent discount from the individual session price. So Sexuality, Education and Support is $100 for members and $160 for non-members and Values-Based Leadership in Supported Living is $140 for members and $224 for non-members.

All the presentation will be recorded and available for purchase in the TASH Training Resource Library, or available without additional charge to Premium Members.

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