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.

Thursday, November 29 • 8:15am - 9:30am
Opening General Session

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8:15 - 8:30 AM: Opening Remarks

8:30 - 8:45 AM: The Power of One: Becoming an Influencer for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion 
(Megan Hoorn and Sarah Mueller)
As siblings of sisters with disabilities, we will share our stories of growing up as sisters and our sisters' perspectives of living with a disability. Our storytelling piece will capture the challenging questions faced by us, our other siblings, and our sisters, and the emerged answers that shed light on the only life we know. The experiences shared will reflect how the power of one individual can evolve oneself and others to be influencers of change for equity, opportunity, and inclusion.

8:45 - 9:30 AM: Confronting Our Disability Biases: Moving Beyond Low Expectations
(Emily Ladau)
Holding low expectations for people with disabilities is a form of prejudice that’s all too common. Even as informed, empowered advocates and allies, we can still fall into the trap of making assumptions about what we, or the people we love, teach, and/or support, are capable of doing. This can cause a cycle of self-doubt within people with disabilities, and lead to unintentional barriers. Together, we will explore the biases we have about disabilities, talk about how to move beyond them, and embrace the importance of having high expectations for all of us.

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Megan Hoorn

Huron Valley Schools
Megan Hoorn is a sibling to her younger sister, Brenna (as well as four younger brothers). Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University. She then graduated with a Master of Science degree in communication sciences... Read More →
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Emily Ladau

Communications Consultant & Speaker, Words I Wheel By
I am a passionate disability rights activist, writer, speaker, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when I appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York... Read More →
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Sarah Mueller

UCEDD Trainee, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Sarah Mueller is a sibling to her younger sister, Rachel. Having graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Special Education and Secondary Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University, she served as a high school special education teacher for students with intellectual... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:15am - 9:30am
Salon E/F - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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