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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Emile Johnson

Emmaus Homes
EmmausLink Community Coordinator
Emile Johnson
I have been a Suzuki Music educator for 30+ years. This has strongly influenced my outlook towards education. Suzuki music education contends that Every Child Can. What happens when these children grow up? They grow into adults that can as well. The same educational model that works for music education works just as well for adults. I completed my education at the University of Missouri in Columbia Missouri. My social services background includes working with foster and adoptive children and their families. I was a career foster parent and STARS trainer for inquiring adoptive and foster parents. I gained experience as a program coordinator for a program called Vacation Station in the Francis Howell School District. This was a nationally accredited before and after school program that was inclusive in design, and provided structured educational and social opportunities for all children. The opportunity to design a community based program for Emmaus Homes (EmmausLink) was an easy career decision and has allowed me to grow. Developing the EmmausLink program model with Amy Meyers has been an amazing journey and I am delighted to be able to share this as a breakout session. Chef David Lee Szalenski and I have been collaborating over the years to build a n inclusive, skills based culinary education for the community where we live.
I live in St. Charles Missouri with my husband and I am a parent to three children who each have very different and compelling stories of life with a developmental disability. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, training my mastiff and boxer puppies and practicing my violin. I perform jazz and blues violin with a group called Peaches, based in University City Missouri, perform regularly with the St. Charles Community College Symphonic Orchestra and work as a guest clinician.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 1

3:30pm CST

Friday, December 2

9:20am CST