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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 • 10:20am - 11:10am
Identifying the Individual: Young Professional Panel Discussion Examining Titles, Inclusion, and Community LIMITED

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Identifying the Individual speaks directly to the central themes presented by the 2016 TASH Conference: Autonomy, inclusion, self and external respect, self-advocacy growing towards active citizenship, a unique sense of Disability Community, and the concept of true togetherness will all be explored by a diverse and engaging panel of young professionals with disabilities. Starting with a more subtle glance into personal background and preferences of descriptive terminology, the panel will delve deeper, eventually touching on issues of bias, cultural and systemic perception as it relates to oppression, and eventual progress desired in what "disability" will someday mean to society from the up-and-coming self-advocate professionals. Following participation in this immersive. discussion-based session, attendees will be enabled to: a.) Effectively learn, explain, and distinguish key concepts surrounding personal and societal identifiers. b.) Acknowledge underlying, obscured, and pervasive barriers to inclusion surrounding the modern ways in which individuals are titled and referred. c.) Educate and empower other self-advocates, families, and professionals on positive methods used to better understand and communicate with people with disabilities. d.) Easily understand and discuss issues of Disability Identity, Learned Helplessness, Self Awareness/Worth/Pride, Disability Affirmation, Systemic Oppression, and Communal Attachment. e.) Develop workable action plans towards increasing agency and community awareness, communication, and inclusion.

Speakers
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Daniel Mellenthin

Tri-County Advocacy Specialist, Resource and Product Coordinator, DMH Dept of DD STL Regional Office, SPAN-RAISE Project
Daniel Mellenthin, MS, CRC | Daniel serves as Tri-County Advocacy Specialist for DMH St Louis Regional Office, providing individual, family, agency, and systemic advocacy and skill-building across St Louis City, Jefferson County, and St Charles County. He also works as SPAN (Statewide Parent Advocacy Network) Project and Resource Coordinator, leading workgroups for resource and product development, managing website and social media productions... Read More →


Thursday December 1, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
Missouri Pacific 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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