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TASH (Disability Advocacy)
The mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights.
Equity. Opportunity. Inclusion.
TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates. The inclusive practices TASH validates through research have been shown to improve outcomes for all people.
TASH is governed by a board of directors and is supported by a network of members, volunteers, committees and chapter organizations. The TASH membership includes a diverse array of individuals and perspectives, including researchers, professionals, direct service workers, family members and people with disabilities. Together, we share a commitment to quality lives for the people for whom we advocate.
Members of TASH understand the power of our collective voice in creating positive change in the world for people with significant disabilities. We invite you to be a part of a movement that supports equity, opportunity and inclusion for all people. TASH membership is an opportunity to unite with others for a common purpose. Members of TASH have exclusive networking opportunities, resources and access to printed and online resources, including Research and Practice for Persons with Disabilities, and TASH Connections.
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TASH National Staff Contacts:
Barbara Trader, Executive Director
Phone: (202) 540-9020
Jonathan Riethmaier, Advocacy Communications Manager
Phone: (202) 540-8014
Haley Kimmet, Program Manager
Phone: (202) 540-9015
Patrick Allen, Program Assistant
Phone: (202) 509-9596
Marty Agran, Ph.D., Editor, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Phone: (718) 997-5243
Chapters- TASH Chapters drive a powerful and personal connection to issues that impact individuals with significant disabilities throughout the nation. By understanding the unique needs of their surroundings, TASH Chapters unite advocates, push for legislation and promote systems change at the local and state levels, applying TASH values to opportunities in communities, schools, jobs and programs. Each year, TASH Chapters hold conferences and other events, and weigh in on the issues that impact their communities.
- Arizona TASH
- NC TASH
- TASH New England
- New Jersey TASH
- Ohio TASH
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