2018 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

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Sheldon Schwitek

In the Company of Others
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sheldon Schwitek has been supporting individuals with complex behavioural needs in the United States and in Canada for almost 3 decades. He was introduced to the founding members of the Marsha Forest Center in 1990 and became a facilitator of the person-centered processes of MAPS, PATH and Circles of Support through Inclusion Press. For almost 10 years, he worked closely with Judith Snow, a pioneer in developing circles of support and helping to identify ways that others could discover their gifts and make contributions to their communities. He continues to hold these initial values of inclusion in all aspects of his life. During the last decade, Sheldon’s work has been associated with The Center for Positive Living Supports in Michigan. The focus of The Center’s work on the importance of relationships and creating Cultures of Gentleness were a perfect fit for how Sheldon approached the issues surrounding those who are most at risk of being excluded. Sheldon is currently the Founder of a consulting firm, In the Company of Others, where he provides training and support around Person Centered Planning, Culture of Gentleness, Leadership, Mindfulness. His current passion centers around supporting caregivers to explore their leadership skills in supporting individuals and colleagues alike. Sheldon is currently acting as the Executive Dirctor at The Arc Community Advocates in Kalamazoo, MI; a community committed to social justice for all. Sheldon’s wish is to bring his broad experience to bear in helping organizations and teams provide the best individualized supports to those who are the most broken hearted. He believes that with intentional support, anyone can thrive in community Culture of Gentleness
Graphic Facilitation, MAPS & PATH
Positive Behaviour Support
Person Centeredness