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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Travis Akins

Growth Through Opportunity
Founder & CEO
Travis Akins is the Founder & Creator of the mutually beneficial Growth Through Opportunity (GTO) Cadets training program for individuals with I/DD and first responders alike. GTO is officially endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association and proudly awarded the 2017 Champion of Change - Organization of the Year on Capitol Hill by the National Down Syndrome Society, the 2017 HARVARD Kennedy School Bright Ideas & Innovation in American Government award recipient, and the 2015 American Red Cross Local Hero award. GTO has been featured at national conventions for Project Lifesaver International, The Arc of the United States, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, and a 2018 U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office Podcast. Travis is also a law enforcement advisor to the National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability and passionately dedicates his life to enhancing safety for all!