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Registration Deadline: November 1, Midnight PDST. Register HERE.

Joining us at the 2014 TASH Conference? Enrich your participation by visiting Capitol Hill on December 3!

TASH Conference Workshop: Developing Congressional Champions for Progressive Disability Policy, Russell Senate Office Building – Kennedy Caucus Room


  • – 8:30 AM – The Importance of Citizen Advocacy – Senators Chris Murphy and Representatives Harper and McMorris Rodgers
  • – 9:00 AM – Why Get Involved? – Ari Ne’eman (confirmed), Sue Swenson and Pat Nobbie (invited)
  • – 9:30 AM – Requesting Support for TASH’s Legislative Priorities – Barb Trader
  • – 10:15 AM – 1:30 PM – Visits to Congressional Offices and – lunch on your own (Senate and House buildings cafeterias)
  • – 2:00 PM – Debrief Experience – Renaissance Hotel (Room to be Announced in Conference Program)

Through this experience, you build skills necessary for effective advocacy in your state. You will be meeting with Congressional members, staff, and seasoned advocates on Capitol Hill on matters of importance to TASH. These meetings will occur late in this Congressional session, but are perfectly timed for positioning TASH’s requests for action in 2015.

If you can’t make it to Washington, DC, you are strongly encouraged to participate in the webinar series described below and meet with your elected officials’ staff members in their home offices.

To participate: Complete the online registration form by November 1!

Participate in 4 live and archived webinar sessions, describing TASH’s legislative priorities and steps for building relationships with your elected officials. Mark 5:00 PM (Eastern) on these dates:

  • – November 11: Claiming Your Right and Responsibility to Act on Federal Policy – Barb Trader, Dave Westling, Ari Ne’eman
  • – November 13: The Keeping All Students Safe Act: Why it’s Important and What it Will Do – Barb Trader and Tonia Ferguson
  • – November 17: Planning a Congressional Visit – Jenny Stonemeier and Esme Grant
  • – November 19: Making the Ask – Seeking Support for TASH Priorities – Barb Trader and Cynthia Jarrold

This four-session webinar series (which will also be archived so you can learn at a time convenient for you) will provide:

  • – an in-depth understanding of TASH’s Legislative Agenda,
  • – guidelines for conducting a visit with an elected official, and
  • – the skills necessary to make a powerful request.

EVERY VOICE COUNTS! We need YOU to build Champions for progressive disability policy!

These are the bills in front of Congress now that will be discussed with Congressional representatives December 3rd:

  • – Keeping All Students Safe Act (HR 1893: S 2036) – these bills set limits on how restraint and seclusion are used in public schools. This is CRITICAL legislation to protect students with the most significant disabilities from non-emergency use of these dangerous techniques. Our goal is to secure 100 co-sponsors of these bills (currently there are 70) before this Congress ends its session to be better positioned for re-introduction in the next Congress.
  • – The ABLE Act (Achieving A Better Life Experience Act: HR 647/S 313)
  • – Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

If you’ve never met with Congressional offices before, this is an ideal way to become familiarized with this important aspect of being a citizen. If you have, you know that Congressional offices respect and want to hear the views of their constituents. Meeting with your elected officials promotes a deeper understanding of the role you play as an advocate both nationally and on a state level. Bring colleagues and friends with you as a group with differing perspectives and experiences make for a powerful visit!

Don’t delay! Register before November 1.

Please share this invitation with other TASH members and encourage them to join you!



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