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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.
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Friday, November 30 • 9:35am - 10:25am
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Our initial inclusive research with about 250 adults with disabilities about their leadership experiences led to some helpful findings but also to more questions. One theme was the complex relationship between family, people with disabilities and schools. Following up on this, our two new qualitative research projects examine the remembered experiences of adult leaders with disabilities of their early childhood experiences of leadership and current best practice experiences of school children in two British Columbia schools. Do these early memories increase the capacity of adults to seize leadership opportunities in their lives, groups and communities? Through a leadership lens, what is working well for students in schools and those who support them? What can we learn about better supporting children with disabilities, their families and schools? This social constructionist approach looks for new ways to conduct research that is "future forming," as Kenneth Gergen says, and will lead to changes in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. It partners researchers, self advocates trained in inclusive research, and teaching staff in dialogues made accessible through the use of graphic recording and performance. Through this work networks of influence and connection are increased and more effectively leveraged.

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Laurel Charnetski

Inclusion Support Teacher, Surrey School District
I am an Inclusion Support Teacher and graduate student, living and working in British Columbia, Canada. I get to do the fun and creative work of supporting school communities to create respectful, safe and unrestricted spaces where ALL students can learn, create, connect, have fun... Read More →
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Liz Etmanski

Elizabeth Etmanski is an Artist based in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Having won an award for her artistic passions in Secondary School, she went on to become the first person with Down Syndrome to graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She... Read More →
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Aaron Johannes

Director of Training, Research and Development, Spectrum Society
Spectrum Society supports about 140 folks in their neighbourhoods in individualised ways in greater Vancouver. We have also been involved in small press publishing, self advocate supports, community based research and training for other groups. I am also a board member for TLC in... Read More →

Friday November 30, 2018 9:35am - 10:25am PST
Eugene - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201