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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.

Friday, November 30 • 9:35am - 10:25am
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'I have a disability but it doesn't have me. Michael Rogers used to let his disability define him. He believed in the limitations people told him he should have because he had cerebral palsy, dyslexia, and spent most of his time in a wheel chair. Then he met Lisa Swihart, a counselor who challenged his thinking around his disability. She called him to think outside the box others put him in. She helped him see that he could do far more things than he had been taught he was capable of. He shifted his thinking from being disabled to being a man with a disability. Things took off for him and he started pursuing his dreams. He no longer is ashamed of his wheel chair and will talk about how his mindset shift changed and saved his life. He will share his experience of learning to use an ATM machine, practicing reading, and getting a job working at two ball fields in Seattle to support the fans during Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games. This work was in addition to his full time State job. Michael and Lisa will speak together about the importance of seeing beyond the disability and not letting others define people based on their disabilities. They will provide questions that professionals and those with disabilities can ask to discover their limiting thoughts and beliefs, and emphasize the importance of having someone remind a person with a disability that they are not as limited as they believe they are.

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Lis(a) Swihart, MS CN

Behavior Specialist, Noetic Health LLC
Lisa Swihart, nicknamed Lis ("leese) by her co-presenter, has worked in the field of behavioral health since 2002. Her passion with working with individuals with neurological differences or disabilities stems from her belief that people see possibilities and limitations in their... Read More →
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Michael Rogers

Receptionist, WA State DDA
Michael Rogers has dyslexia and cerebral palsy, yet he doesn't let this stop him from doing the things he wants to do in life. He served on the President's Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities (formerly named the President's Committee on Mental Retardation), where he... Read More →

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

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