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.

Friday, November 30 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
A New Vision for People with Developmental Disabilities Seating Available

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We are in the beginning of a revolution. Definition of revolution: a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something: a change of paradigm. People who receive DD services want more control of their life. Currently, Alaska has a system that is funded solely through the medical model that only considers the disability of a person and is a gap filler for those "deficiencies". Alaskans from all walks of life are standing in support of a Shared Vision that emphasizes that people with disabilities should have the opportunity to direct their supports in a way that will gives them the same freedom and independence that every other person enjoys. Service delivery will be based on strengths and what each individual CAN do. In order to accomplish this, parents, providers and self-advocates are now in a movement to change the way the "system" serves these individuals. Ric Nelson and Kim Champney will give insight into how Alaska's movement will become an example for other states to look to in their own revolutions. If we can inspire leaders from other states to join in with their own visions, we can change the way things are done at a federal level. At this point, a small but mighty group of people are focused on supporting an important shift in Alaska, starting with changing the expectations of people who experience disabilities. People want more control of their lives and active involvement in how services are being provided. Direct support professionals and care coordinators have an important role in supporting this "revolution" now and will be asked to live up to the new expectations in the future. Ric Nelson is a director of a Self-advocacy organization in Alaska. Kim Champney is a consultant working with five project teams on plans that will impact future service delivery.

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Kim Champney

Consultant, Champney Consulting
I started a consulting practice after 18 years of working for a DD service provider. I assist both large networks and individual organizations, primarily in capacity-building to expand opportunities for meaningful lives for people with disabilities. I'm particularly interested in... Read More →

Friday November 30, 2018 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Eugene - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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