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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 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
CANCELLED Communicating our message:Making the case for community living LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available


Community living and participation is conceptualized as a complex and evolving construct. This complexity comes from the reality that people live and participate in different contexts and view life through a variety of cultural and linguistic lenses. The opportunity to pursue a self-directed life in the community should be a right of all people, regardless of disability. This session will focus on making the ƒ??caseƒ? community living from three distinct perspectives-social (the value and dignity of all people), legislative (what law and policy tell us), and economic (what are we spending our money on, how do we get the best ROI). Using these lenses, it becomes clear that an investment in community living is the right one. There are a variety of external and internal challenges that threaten the opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live, work, and access community. These are a result of a perceived lack of resources, competing values, political shifts, and conflicting policy/service investments. In the pursuit of building the ideal conditions to support community living for individuals with disabilities it is important to provide a clear and concise message on why investment in community living is so critical. This session will bring clarity to the ƒ??gateway to equityƒ? message for advocates, families, professionals, and policy makers. . Participants will: 1.Explore the social, legal, and economic cases for community living for individuals with disabilities. 2. Identify federal and state initiatives & legislation which support community living and can be used for policy advocacy. 3. Access online tools which can assist advocates and policy makers in understanding Medicaid service data.

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Kelly Nye-Lengerman

Research Associate, University of Minnesota

Friday December 2, 2016 3:30pm - 4:20pm CST
Station Master Room Union Station Hotel St. Louis