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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Thursday, November 29 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
How Access to Communication Has Changed My Life Seating Available

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In this presentation, I will show how access to communication enabled me to move from Special Day Classes in middle school to full inclusion in high school to earning a Bachelor's Degree in college and finally to being self employed. After I had shown that I could read, my supportive parents were definitely thinking outside the box when they called an I.E.P. and told the school people the new goal was college graduation. For a non-verbal person with autism this was revolutionary. My inclusive high school education prepared me for college. It took me sixteen years to complete a four-year degree because I type with one finger and I insisted that I do the same amount of work as all the other students. After graduation, I started a micro-enterprise with the help of a consultant. I am still non-verbal, but access to communication and technology allows me to advocate for other non-verbal people and more recently advise them how to succeed in college and/or start their own businesses. I will also show how access to communication has enabled me to make friends and enjoy a full life.

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Sue Rubin

CEO, Sue Rubin Consulting
Sue Rubin, owner and CEO of Sue Rubin Consulting provides autism-related presentations and consultation for a variety of audiences.  Sue is a graduate of Whittier College, a published author, has been the subject of two public television documentaries along with authoring and being... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 1:05pm - 1:55pm PST
Salon I - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201