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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 • 10:45am - 11:35am
Storytelling Through Film: Documenting a Wyoming Community Story of Innovation and Employment Filling

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Join us for a storytelling session focused on a rural western community's approach to innovative problem solving around issues of employment, inclusion and food production. Better known as a ski mecca and a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole seems like an unlikely place for a cutting-edge agricultural venture with a dual mission: providing year-round produce to local restaurants and offering competitive wages and meaningful employment to community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, it is home to Vertical Harvest (VH), an ambitious and creative for-profit vertical greenhouse with a non-profit soul. The presentation will feature excerpts from "Hearts of Glass," a recently completed documentary following the first 15 months of the innovative vertical farm's operation. The film weaves business drama with the personal journeys of five featured employees with disabilities, who represent a spectrum of ages, genders, living situations, educational backgrounds and employment histories. In addition to viewing scenes from the film, the participants will hear from a panel including: the film’s director;Ty Warner, a VH employee/self-advocate; Ty’s father Bill, a VH volunteer and disability advocate; VH’s Director of Human Resources/ED of Cultivate; and the Project Manager of TASH’s Youth Employment Solutions Center. Through the lens of their personal experiences, panelists will address issues raised in the film - from training and supported employment, to inclusivity, integration and competitive pay. They will also discuss the need for creative thinking and innovation in developing career opportunities for underserved populations. The last 10 minutes of the session will be Q&A.

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Alison DeYoung

Project Manager, YES! Center | TASH
Alison DeYoung is the Project Manager for the Youth Employment Solutions - YES! Center, the national training and technical assistance center for the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) state projects. She began working in the field of education in 2008 while completing her undergraduate... Read More →
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Jennifer Tennican

Principal - Producer/Director, JenTen Productions, LLC
Jennifer Tennican is an award-winning documentary film producer/director who moved to Jackson, Wyoming in 2002. Embracing the concept of local storytelling, she focuses on subjects in and around her community. Her last two films, "The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads" and "Far... Read More →
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Ty Warner

Vertical Harvest
Ty Warner, who is 28 years old, is employed at Vertical Harvest where he works 25 hours a week as a Tomato Assistant. He was born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming and attended public schools. He enjoys skiing, jumping on his trampoline and carnival rides. He loves working at Vertical... Read More →
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Bill Warner

Parent Advocate
Along with his spouse, Kathy, Bill Warner is a parent of his son, Ty. A resident of Jackson, Wyoming for 45 years, Bill is a former teacher, professional river guide and National Park Service Employee. Since retiring 10 years ago, he has been consumed with navigating the maze of issues... Read More →

Friday November 30, 2018 10:45am - 11:35am PST
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