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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.

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Grant Blasko

Bellevue, WA


Hi, my name is Grant Blasko, and I am 18 and an AAC user.

Today, I am a senior honor student, dual-enrolled in high school and Running Start at Bellevue High School and Bellevue College in Washington State, just outside of Seattle. I am also a DO-IT Scholar at the University of Washington.  I am proud to say that I am the first non-speaking autistic student accepted into the program. 

I have been an advocate for autism, especially for those with complex communication challenges, since I was 11 years old. I’m proud of my work with TASH, CommunicationFirst, and several other organizations where I have had an opportunity to stand up for what I believe needs to improve for the benefit of autistic individuals.

I plan to attend college and major in psychology and perhaps public policy.