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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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Susan Cushman

UCP Oregon
Family Support Director
Portland, Oregon
As the Family Support Director for UCP Oregon since March, 2006, my work is to support families raising children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities that mimic CP. We provide newly-diagnosed packets, hold monthly parent support groups, organize family outings, and much more...all with the goal of helping families connect with each other. I'm the parent of a 26 year old daughter with cerebral palsy (and a 26 year old stepson with Down syndrome).
I did a grief ritual when my daughter was almost 2 to let go of focusing only on her disability...and to be able to accept her completely as she is. I threw away all the developmental charts and was free to love her with wonder instead of fear. Doing our grief work frees us to live and love more fully.