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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Thursday, December 1 • 11:20am - 12:50pm
Opening General Session- Gateway to Equity I

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The General Session Panel will take questions from the audience via Twitter. Please use the following hashtags: 
#2016TASHConf 
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As parents, the ultimate goal is to prepare our children for the workforce as a way to ensure financial security for their future. Often policy and business leaders have conversations and roll out initiatives to ensure schools are preparing students for adulthood and life. Specifically, that they have the fundamentals to successfully transition from education to the workforce.  Whether it is evidence based or simply a cultural perception, parents feel that their children being part of a prepared workforce is key to a successful life.

If we adapt some of the attitudes and practices of people in the general public, we may be more successful at aligning the work that takes place in the formative years of our children. To do that, we need to have a cultural shift within our community. We cannot compartmentalize the work that we do as transition experts, inclusive education experts, community living providers, etcetera. Instead, we need to improve the way we align our work throughout the lifespan. Our counterparts in the general population do not compartmentalize the world the way we do.

Our panel includes people who work in the field, self-advocates and family members who recognize the need for a better alignment between school and the workforce. They will discuss how current legislation can be utilized to improve this alignment, and their perspectives as end users. 


Moderators
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April Regester

Associate Professor, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Speakers
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Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

Executive Director, TASH
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director at TASH, a non-profit that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities. She is a national consultant who helps people with disabilities develop and implement strategies for greater autonomy in their daily lives. She was the the founder and principal partner of Blue Fire Consulting and provided consulting services across the United States in areas of... Read More →
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Animesh Shah

Animesh Shah, M.B.A is on the board of directors for Missouri – TASH, which is a chapter of TASH ,a non-profit that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with disabilities. | | He is also a dad to a 12 year old daughter who happens to have Rett Syndrome. Animesh served as the Maryland State Representative for International Rett Syndrome Foundation, and was Executive director for St. Louis ARC. He holds a degree of an M.B.A... Read More →


Thursday December 1, 2016 11:20am - 12:50pm
Grand F&E 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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