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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 Team Approach to Real Community Inclusion LIMITED

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This session provides strategies and approaches for building a quality community-based life for an adult with intellectual disabilities. The steps of the process include the development of a small team of family, friends and community members. The team then develops a comprehensive person-centered plan based on the person's (and the team's) hopes and dreams, abilities and needs, with a focus on true community inclusion. Structures for meeting content, planning and implementation will be addressed, as well as strategies for addressing the need for team member recruitment. Three types of teams are addressed in the presentation: Microboards, (teams developed to support one person with a disability as an incorporated provider), Cooperatives (teams working together to support multiple people with disabilities as an incorporated provider) and informal teams. The IAMC (Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives) has been developing individual teams for the past 10 years, and will provide many examples of success for people with wide-ranging abilities. Participants will understand the components of team building. Participants will discuss and understand the components of person-centered planning. Participants will generate ideas for developing teams. Participants will understand the value of community inclusion and it's impact on the quality of life for individuals with disabilities

Speakers
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Vicki Niswander

Executive Director, Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperativ
I have been an advocate for my 33-year-old daughter, Annie, and other for more than 30 years. I strongly believe that every person with a disability can live the life they choose with the supports they need to make it happen. Our organization, the IAMC, works to achieve that for people with IDD, one person at a time. | I also host a weekly radio program on disability issues. Disability Beat airs every Monday from 5:30-6pm on WEFT Community Radio... Read More →


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