TASH in Action Newsletter | January 2023

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Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center News
Community News
Upcoming Events
Thank You to Our Donors

Message from the Executive Director

A portrait of Michael Brogioli. He has high silver hair parted to one side. He is wearing an open collared shirt and a black blazer. The background is a blue speckled photographer's backdrop.TASH looks forward to 2023 as we work on a number of initiatives to advance our mission, including participation in #TASHCares Vaccine Outreach Project to raise awareness about COVID, flu and MPX vaccines.

TASH is also pleased to partner with SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered) on a policy advocacy initiative that will include a web-based action center portal and new resources to track legislation and further inform and engage self-advocates in the policy process.

TASH has joined a number of national disability advocacy organizations to produce a Policy Agenda for the new, 118th Congress; this document will be released next month. Furthermore, TASH plans to participate in the annual Disability Policy Seminar that we anticipate will take place later this year in Washington, DC (details to come).

We look forward to updating all of you in the weeks and months ahead as we work together to advance equity, opportunity and inclusion for all people with disabilities.

With best wishes for a productive, healthy, and happy New Year,

Michael Brogioli


Above conference image text in orange "Register Now!!" The conference image includes the conference title "Reconnect Reflect Reimagine: Building Back with Inclusion in Mind" the letters in the word INCLUSION are made out of brightly colored Lego blocks, all other words in black with a blue outline. The Cal-TASH logo and a 40th Anniversary logo are present. Text: Cal-TASH 2023 40th Anniversary Conference Los Angeles March 3-4, 2023. Under the conference image the registration website https://hopin.com/events/cal-tash-conference-2023. To the right of conference image in black text "Early Bird Registration is OPEN!!! Register by February 3, 2023 to access Early Bird Rates!!"

Early-bird rates for the 2023 Cal-TASH Conference end this Friday, February 3rd. Learn more about sessions, keynote speakers and accommodations and register here.

Tell Your Inclusion Story at the
2023 Cal-TASH Conference

TASH National and Cal-TASH are partnering on the California Storytellers for Change project to record and share stories of inclusion from self-advocates. We want to record your story of what inclusion means to you, the barriers you face and your message to policy makers on how to provide full inclusion for people with disabilities. We will be making appointments to record stories at the 2023 Cal-TASH Conference, March 3 & 4, 2023 in Los Angeles. If you will be there and would like to share your story, e-mail us at info@caltash.org.

#TASHCares Vaccination Outreach Project

#TASHCares is part of a project to raise awareness about the health benefits of COVID-19 vaccines, including the latest boosters, as well as flu and MPX vaccines for people with disabilities (self-advocates), family caregivers, and direct support providers. Visit the project webpage for more information.

Vaccines are effective against new variants

The graph below illustrates that people who have received the bivalent booster have 13 times lower risk of dying from COVID-19 than unvaccinated people and 2 times lower risk than people who have received the primary series of vaccinations, but not the bivalent booster. Click here for a larger version of the chart | Source

Image of the slide with three lines showing the death rate of the unvaccinated, the primary series vaccination only and those who have received the primary series and the bivalent booster.
A graphic for the Disability Information and Access Line. It reads, COVID-19 vaccination support for people with disabilities. 888-677-119 Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern or e-mail dial@usaginganddisability.org

Launched in 2021 to help people with disabilities access COVID-19 vaccinations, the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) also provides information about essential services such as transportation, housing support, and more. Contact DIAL to get connected to the services you need, Call (888) 677-1199 or e-mail DIAL@usaginganddisability.org. Visit acl.gov/DIAL to learn more.

CommuniTEA Conversations

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Our TASH Diversity and Social Impact community of practice is hosting open conversations around some “hot topics”. We’ve been discussing that our ideals and best practices don’t always translate to what is happening in the real lives of families and people with disabilities. This is a time for talking and sharing stories which reflect and respect multiple points of view including differences in cultures, disabilities, diversity of opportunity and circumstances so that we can find common ground and learn from each other.

We met online in August and October and at the conference in Phoenix. Wide ranging and robust conversations have happened around a variety of topics including the importance of building trust with people from different backgrounds, making sure we include the LGBTQ community and people who use different ways to communicate, being better listeners and mindfulness, risk concerns in different cultures, future planning and transition, pushing boundaries, the need for grace, possible future topics and speakers etc.

We invite you to join us for our next TEA on February 17 at 1:00 PM Eastern. You can sign-up here.

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Employment and Faith

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Erin Oldaugh discusses the importance of her faith and how much she enjoys her role providing A/V support in her church services. Watch Erin’s entire Storytellers interview or for more information on her, see the Fox 2 News profile of her.

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Exploring the Ticket to Work Program to Elevate Employment for Job Seekers with Disabilities
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 3:00-4:00 P.M. Eastern

Join DETAC as we put a spotlight on a Center for Independent Living (CIL) that is part of an Employment Network (EN) through Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program. The program serves ticket holders by facilitating opportunities in competitive, integrated employment. In this webinar, we will hear from a national and local leader about the structure of the Ticket to Work program, how program involvement can support diversification of funding for a CIL or another service delivery program, and how this innovative program helps people with disabilities find jobs in the community.


A portrait of Robert PfaffRobert Pfaff
Director, Social Security Administration

A portrait of Kris CarrierKris Carrier
Employment Specialist, New Horizons Independent Living Center
Shreveport, Louisiana


New Year, New Goals, New Outcomes for Employment
January 10, 2023

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Starting a new year is always a good time for grantees to reflect, self-assess and prioritize new goals for the people we serve. This process can sometimes feel overwhelming when establishing new goals and tracking them to monitor progress. DETAC kicked off the new year by highlighting effective strategies and processes in project management to support people with disabilities achieve successful outcomes in employment and community living. If you missed the webinar live, you can watch it as a recording.


A portrait of Cesilee CoulsonCesilee Coulson
Executive Director, Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (Wise)

A portrait of Karen LeeKaren Lee
Executive Director, Seeking Employment, Equality and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities (SEEC)

A portrait of Donné Settles AllenDonné Settles Allen
Director of Projects and Parent to Parent Program Coordinator, Seeking Employment, Equality and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities (SEEC)

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Community News

“Starting with the End in Mind”
A 4-part series on building an inclusive life for students with disabilities

A photograph of Dan and Samuel Habib putting their heads together in a forest clearing.Join the Dan Habib, Samuel Habib, PA Inclusion Collective and the PEAL Center’s 21 and Able Initiative for a four-part series on how an inclusive education starting in the earliest grades prepares students with disabilities for transition to higher education and integrated employment as adults. Learn more and register.

Date Session
Feb 1 Including Samuel Virtual Film Screening and Self-Advocate Panel Discussion
Feb 8 Disabling Segregation and My Disability Roadmap for an Inclusive Life
Feb 15 Starting Early: Creating a Roadmap for Inclusive IEPs and Transition Plans
Feb 22 Action! Effective Practices in Transition to Adulthood

Year 3 Applications are Now Open for Community of Practice on Alternatives to Guardianship

The logo for the Center on Youth Voice, Youth ChoiceAre you part of a team that wants to promote alternatives to guardianship in your state? If so, apply today to join The Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice’s State Community of Practice (CoP) on Alternatives to Guardianship for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). This state CoP is fostering a rich dialogue around best practices, supporting long-term change, and centers the voices of youth leaders in this work. CoP member states work together to create lasting systemic change in their states. Please apply here by February 24, 2023.

Upcoming Events

March 1–4, 2023
CEC Convention & Expo
Louisville, Kentucky

April 19, 2023
AUCD for All Gala
Washington, D.C.

April 24–26, 2023
2023 ANCOR Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois

March 3–5, 2023
Cal-TASH 2023 Annual Conference
Los Angeles, California

November 30–December 2, 2023
2023 TASH Conference
Baltimore, Maryland

Thank You to Our Donors!

We would like to thank everyone who donated to TASH in December 2022. We are grateful to all of our supporters who help us achieve equity, opportunity, and inclusion for people with disabilities. Thank you!

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TASH advances equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities, with a focus on those with the most significant support needs, in the areas of education, employment and community living through advocacy, research and practice. More information about TASH can be found at www.tash.org.

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