Advocacy Alerts

TASH’s Written Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, Toxic Conservatorships: The Need for Reform

Owing in part to the national attention on conservatorship / guardianship from the Britney Spears case, Senators Blumenthal and Cruz announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee would be holding a series of hearings, titled, “Toxic Conservatorships: The Need for Reform“. They requested testimony from throughout the disability community as well as other effected people. TASH submitted written… read more

New TASH Policy Positions on Inclusive Education, Competitive Integrated Employment and Community Living

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Dear friends, Policy advocacy remains at the heart of TASH’s mission to advance equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities. With this in mind, TASH has recently produced a series of three extensive position statements with policy recommendation on three key issue areas: Our position statement on Inclusive Education emphasizes the right of students… read more

Fighting for DSPs is a Part of the Disability Rights Movement

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Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide daily support to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) so they can live and participate in their communities as friends, neighbors, coworkers, students, family members, volunteers, voters, and taxpayers. Ideally, these supports are provided inside the individual or family home and in typical community settings, allowing other family members… read more

Take Action! Protect the Americans with Disabilities Act!

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Take Action! Next week, the House of Representatives will most likely be voting on the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R.620), a bill that would seriously weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill, introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on January 24, 2017, would do the following: Eliminate the need for businesses and other… read more

Action Alert From TASH’s Self-Advocacy Committee

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Dear Self-Advocates & Family Members, We need you to take action right now! Our representatives and senators are hearing from Voice of the Retarded (VOR) and other parent groups that believe we should live in institutions and that the community is not a safe place for us to live. We need to tell them that the… read more

Take Action! Tell Your Rep to Vote NO on House Budget Resolution

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This week — probably Thursday, October 5th — the House of Representatives is expected to take up the Budget Resolution approved by the House Budget Committee. They’re doing it to fast-track trillions of dollars in tax cuts that will overwhelmingly go to the wealthy and corporations. The budget pays for these tax cuts by cutting $5.7 trillion over ten years from… read more

Take Action | Prevent Gutting of Affordable Care Act and Medicaid

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The Energy and Commerce Committee has just released new legislation for the repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act, including cut-backs on Medicaid. Some language within this legislation reads, “Responsibly unwinds Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion” which will be done through, “grandfathering in current enrollees” in a span of two years. Along with this, per-capita allotments (or… read more

Action Alert | Contact OSERS to Help Protect the Rights of Students with Disabilities

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Contact Ruth Ryder at the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and help protect the rights of students with disabilities! On February 16, TASH, on behalf of its members, sent Ruth Ryder, Acting Director of OSERS, a letter expressing concern with the announcement from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the January 3,… read more

Action Alert | Urge Your Senator to Oppose H.J. Res. 57

Contact your Senator today, and urge them to oppose H.J. Res. 57. This resolution will overturn the regulation finalized by the Department of Education on November 29, 2016 that implements the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA’s) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of all students, including those with disabilities. The regulation… read more

Don’t Let Partisan Politics Interfere With Zika Funding

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The mosquito-borne Zika virus, a major threat to public health, has spread to the continental U.S. It is important that our government acts quickly to combat the disease, as it is linked to numerous clinical mannifestations, specifically microcephaly (resulting in a smaller-than-average head and potential developmental delays), but also retinal damage, seizures, joint problems and… read more