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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 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Inclusion in Every Neighborhood: Community Facilitation Differences in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Areas Full

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When agencies take a person-centered approach, they must consider the neighborhoods and communities in which a person lives. Whether people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in the downtown metropolis of Los Angeles, the rural desert of Kern County, or the suburbia in between, support services need to be individualized to each person's specific needs and challenges. Every area has unique assets and untapped resources to assist in achieving social inclusion and self-determination. This presentation looks at the creativity, innovation, and collaboration of individuals, their families, and support staff in Jay Nolan Community Service's (JNCS) Community Facilitator Program in Southern California. Applying the ecological model, we will examine approaches for three different people living in rural, suburban, and urban neighborhoods served through JNCS. Their stories will serve as examples on how to build meaningful relationships, develop community membership, and advocate for individual's needs within the context of the place they live.

Presenters
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Melissa Dellens

Family Support Coordinator, Jay Nolan Community Services
Melissa Dellens has a passion for environments that celebrate every person for their diverse identities. She blends her experience in outdoor recreation, disability advocacy, and community psychology to build bridges between unique communities and do her part to create a world where... Read More →


Thursday November 29, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Eugene - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

Attendees (30)