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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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Friday, December 2 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Self-Advocates' Lives Matter: Transforming Rhetoric into Action LIMITED

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Self-advocates' lives have been rendered nearly invisible by society for too long. Without input from self-advocates, disability policy lacks backbone. Without the participation of self-advocates in community life, disability laws stand idle. Without the voices of self-advocates, there is no equity. But most important, without self-advocates beside us, our lives are not as rich. Society must understand that people with disabilities have the need and the desire to represent themselves, have an abundance of talents and contributions to give the world, and have dreams for themselves and for others. This presentation, complemented by one self-advocate's experiences, will inspire why and how self-advocates' lives matter to the world Ÿ?? and to themselves. After this session, participants will be able to. . . 1). Understand how the applications of self-determination and choice for people with disabilities help make life goals achievable, including those most vulnerable, despite some roadblocks in our current systems; 2). Be aware of the currently unacceptable statistics of people with disabilities still living in institutional settings, in sheltered work, in segregated education, in poverty, unemployed, not participating in recreation and leisure activities or community events, not registered to vote, and so forth; 3). Utilize the principles of equity, opportunity and inclusion when making life choices; 4). Summarize the speaker's personal life stories of highs and lows while overcoming major obstacles in a series of unfortunate and fortunate circumstances; and 5). Identify paths to a full life with independence in making choices, and how to curb apathy.

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Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Midway Suites II 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Attendees (14)