2016 TASH Conference has ended
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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Cathy Costanzo

Center for Public Representation
Executive Director
Northampton, MA
Cathy Costanzo, is the executive director of the Center for Public Representation and was formerly its legal director. She has co‑authored two law review articles and co‑counsels several system reform injunctive cases involving the development of community service systems in Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. She developed several legislative and media campaigns on abuse and neglect, and anti‑aversive legislation. Ms. Costanzo has provided technical assistance, support, and co-counseling on many issues, including restraint and limitations on freedom, special restrictions on youths in adolescent treatment programs, behavior and aversive interventions, quality assurance, mental retardation and developmental disability institutions, community alternatives, and litigation strategies. Ms. Costanzo also provides litigation support and technical assistance to attorneys throughout the United States on mental disability issues. She also was one of the lead attorneys in Lane v. Kitzhaber challenging the segregation of persons with disabilities in sheltered workshops in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since 2013, the Center has been operating one of the first Supported Decision-Making pilot programs in the country, in conjunction with Nonotuck Resource Associates, a family support organization.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 1

8:20am CST