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February 15, 2011
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March 2-April 13 - Webinar: Inclusive High Schools

March 3-April 21 - Webinar: Cultural Competency

April 4-May 9 - Webinar: Discovery

March 4-5 - Cal-TASH 2011 Conference

April 1-2 - TASH NE 2011 Conference

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Introducing the all new TASH.org!


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Click here to visit www.TASH.org!


After many months of planning, we're pleased to announce the completely redesigned TASH.org. The new website is more organized, with dedicated sections pertaining to each of TASH's National Agenda areas - Inclusive Education, Employment, Community Living, Diversity and Cultural Competency and Human Rights. Just click through to find information, resources and ways to get involved.


Many of you have been visiting the TASH blog since the 2010 TASH Conference. We're continuing to update the blog each week with new information, news and announcements about webinars and conferences. You can even see featured posts and other news right from the TASH.org homepage.


We're excited about the changes and hope you enjoy the new TASH.org. Stay tuned, because we're still adding more content and features each week. Poke around and let us know what you think!


If you have questions about the site, or would like additional information, please send an e-mail to webmaster@tash.org.


Click here to visit www.TASH.org!


Featured Posts from the TASH Blog


TASH Announces Breakthrough Webinars for 2011

TASH is committed to bringing you groundbreaking training and professional development opportunities on topics that impact the disability community. Learn from leading experts on a wide range of subjects through interactive webinars that equip educators, advocates and professionals with practical information backed by the latest research and best practices. Read more ... 


Join us for the TASH New England Conference, April 1-2

TASH New England wants you to be a part of its 2011 Conference this April 1-2, 2011, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. The 2011 Conference theme "Come Together, Right Now!" Reaffirming Values and Mobilizing Resources for Meaningful Lives. Read more ... 


Cal-TASH 29th Annual Conference and Meeting, March 4-5

Come join fellow advocates, educators and other professionals at the 29th annual Cal-TASH Conference and Meeting at the Irving Hilton/Orange County Airport Hotel March 4-5, 2011! Join Cal-TASH for two days of networking, learning and Sharing. Read more ... 


TASH Wants YOU to have an Apple iPad!


The 2011 Membership Drive and Giveaway is underway, and you can join in! Do you know someone who needs to be a member of TASH? Encourage them to join and you'll be entered to win a new Apple iPad. From now until the end of April, each joining member will be asked to note who referred them to TASH. The more times your name comes up, the better your chance to win an iPad! Just download a member application or visit the online store.


Why an iPad? Since its introduction the Apple iPad has been praised for breakthroughs in accessibility, including numerous accessibility applications in the iTunes store. In fact, people, organizations and schools around the world have been using it to explore the online world like never before. Click here to review Apple accessibility features for the iPad. 


TASH Moves into New D.C. Office


The TASH office has moved, but only two blocks away! The new office space better meets staff space and resource needs. We're still located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., and TASH phone numbers will not change. We currently have mail forwarding from TASH's old address, but new mail should be sent to the following address:


1001 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 235

Washington, D.C. 20036



Building Inclusive High School Communities

March 2, 9, 23, 30 and April 6, 13


TASH invites you to participate in this interactive webinar series on building inclusive high school communities. Learn from leading researchers and practitioners on developing inclusive schools and enhancing opportunities for students with disabilities. You'll learn keys to relationship building, universal design for learning, youth engagement, self-advocacy and much more.


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Cultural Competency: Engaging Underserved Populations

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 21


This webinar series was designed to arm educators, service providers, policy-makers and administrators with skills and strategies to help them understand and engage culturally diverse populations. Each session tackles the tough issues: diversity vs. cultural competency, implementing cultural competency within organizations, embracing cultural values in disability advocacy and other important topics. Like all TASH webinars, this series is grounded in the latest research and best practices for individuals and organizations.


More Details

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Discovery: Creating Person-Centered Plans for Service Outcomes

April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9


Discovery gets to the heart of an important question often missed by evaluations and tests - Who is this person? This approach to uncovering the skills and interests of a person provides the foundation for employment, community participation, transition and virtually any service outcome for persons with disabilities. This series is intended to give educators, adult services personnel and family members the critical information they need to facilitate the discovery process.


More Details

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Justice Department warns Virginia of Suit over Failures - Richmond Times-Dispatch


The Justice Department says Virginia has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act needlessly by institutionalizing persons with disabilities and neglecting community-based supports. In a warning letter issued to Governor Bob McDonnell, Department officials have given the state 50 days to reach an agreement or face legal action. The warning stems from an earlier investigation into the Central Virginia Training Center in 2008.


Click here to read the full story, or view the Justice Department's letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell 


Obama Budget Brings Mixed Bag for People with Disabilities - Disability Scoop


President Obama budget proposals include education funding impacting students with disabilities. Included in the $3.73 trillion budget is $200 million in additional funds for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and $50 million to help young children with disabilities.


Click here to read the full story 



Join Cal-TASH for their 29th Annual Conference and Meeting!


The 29th Annual Cal-TASH Conference and Meeting will be held at the Irvine Hilton/Orange County Airport Hotel March 4-5, 2011. Come join fellow advocates, educators and other professionals for two days of networking, learning and sharing with Cal-TASH. Topics covered at the conference include: inclusive education, literacy, universal design, augmentative and alternative communication/assistive technology, positive behavior support, self-advocacy, cultural and linguistic competency, employment and so much more. Find additional details at the Cal-TASH website by clicking here or download the registration form (PDF). 



TASH NE 2011 Conference is Around the Corner - Save the Date!



TASH New England wants you to be a part of its 2011 Conference this April 1-2, 2011, in Worcester, Mass. The 2011 Conference theme is "Come Together, Right Now!" Reaffirming Values and Mobilizing Resources for Meaningful Lives. Save the date and don't forget to submit any proposals by February 11, 2011. TASH NE seeks 60-minute panel discussions, workshops or poster presentations for Friday, April 1, in the following topic areas: education, community living, employment/transition, and public policy and advocacy. Find more information and download the Call for Proposals by clicking here.  



To Submit a Proposal:



Send one copy electronically in Microsoft Word (*.doc) or Rich Text Format (*.rtf) to Dina Traniello at dtraniello@verizon.net. Put "TASH New England 2011 Conference proposal" in the subject line of the e-mail. Name your proposal as follows:



TASHNE2011yournamehere.doc or TASHNE2011yournamehere.rtf


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