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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 • 8:20am - 9:10am
A Palette of Possibility: 1 play, 3 organizations, endless inclusive opportunities! LIMITED

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Red painted play. Blue painted water. And yellow painted light. So begins the story of the play Palette of Possibility, a theatre based adventure that embraces best practices for creative engagement and imaginative exploration in inclusive settings for audiences aged four through adult. This conference session will: explore the unique contributions that mindfully devised theatre performance can provide inclusive communities and schools; showcase specific ways to support shared opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enter dramatic worlds and share those creative experiences and expressions with their non-disabled peers; demonstrate how mindful collaboration among three very different non-profit agencies can combine resources to expand and integrate services in order to generate sustainable and affordable arts experiences for audiences of multiple ages and abilities. This is NOT a story about a modified single performance Ÿ??for those kidsŸ? production. Rather, Palette of Possibility is a Ÿ??stand aloneŸ? piece, designed for all audience members but creatively developed to specifically address the low language, highly visual, physical, engaging, interactive and sensory exploration needs of audiences with autism and other developmental delays. In addition, Palette of Possibility is not only a unique play but is also a model for collaboration among three distinct organizations in order to create a shared arts experiences for the diverse populations they serve. By journeyŸ??s end, Palette will have combined the fiscal resources and creative efforts of a professional youth theatre, a community based arts organization and a state university. The project will perform in two states, in more than 13 venues, featuring 82 performances; and reaching over 3,765 audience members. After this session, participants will be able to: Identify best practices for creating theatre work that places the unique needs of disabled audience members at the center of the work Discuss ways in which multiple arts entities and agencies can collaborate and share resources in order to expand creative experiences for inclusive populations in schools, theatres, and community centers Create arts based programs founded on best practices for creative engagement, exploration and communication

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Gretta Berghammer

Professor, University of Northern Iowa
I do drama and theatre inclusion work, both in classrooms and in production.

Thursday December 1, 2016 8:20am - 9:10am CST
Regency B 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103