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Cal-TASH 40th Anniversary Conference
Los Angeles March 4-5th 2023

40th anniversary
Cal-TASH 2022 Reconnect Reflect Reimagine Building Back with Inclusion in mind

A story of Inclusion by Tia

Tia Nelis is the Director of Policy & Advocacy for TASH. Prior to her position at TASH, Tia served as the Self-Advocacy Specialist at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center within the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois Chicago. She is a past chairperson of the National Organization of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered. She founded and successfully promoted People First of Illinois, where she served as president. Tia, a long-time member of TASH, has received the Burton Blatt Award, awarded by the Illinois TASH chapter, as well as the Elizabeth Boggs award from the President’s Committee.

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Where We Are in Transforming Educational Services for Better Outcomes: A Call to Action by Diane Ryndak

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California Storytellers for Change A Collaboration between TASH and Cal-TASH. Share your story you have the power to make change happen.

Diane Ryndak, Ph.D., is Professor of Special Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Principal Investigator on an OSEP Leadership Development Grant (Project LEAPS). She had been the Principal Investigator on a sub-contract for The TIES National Technical Assistance Center on Inclusive Practices and Policies, and Co-Principal Investigator on an IES Research Project studying the impact of malleable factors on long-term outcomes for students with significant disabilities. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Florida for 19 years, and Chair of the Department of Specialized Education Services at UNCG. Her work focuses on teacher and doctoral level preparation, with a focus on collaborative teams meeting the complex needs of students with extensive and pervasive support needs (e.g., severe cognitive impairments; autism; multiple disabilities) through the use of evidence-based practices that result in access to grade-level general education curriculum, contexts, instruction, and classmates. Additionally, she works with state departments of education and school districts to facilitate sustainable systemic reform, multi-tiered systems of support, and specially-designed instruction in general education contexts to improve outcomes for all students. She has served multiple terms on the Executive Board for TASH; is on editorial boards for several professional journals; and has completed Fulbright Research related to inclusive education in Poland, where she continues to work with colleagues at universities and in the schools.

Special Sessions: 

Cal-TASH 2023 Legislative & Policy Town hall: The Lanterman Act: Looking Back, Moving Forward. An interactive panel presentation looking back at the history of the grassroots movement that created the Lanterman Act and how we can move forward to advocate for the equity, opportunity and inclusion for Californiasn with disabilities. Panelists include: Edith Arias, Parent, Nancy Bargmann, Director DDS, Toby Bazan, individual with Development Center lived expereince, Claudia Bolton, Director North Star Supported Living Agency, Amy Westling, Director ARCA
College for Everyone: Inclusive College  Experiences College Just Ahead. Cal-TASH Closed their 40th Anniversay Conference with a special session on Post-Secondary Education
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Sacramento State I-TEAM
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Cal-TASH Spring Virtual Series in 2022

Cal-TASH 2022 Reconnect Reflect Reimagine Building Back with Inclusion in mind
40th anniversary
Reconectar, Relexionar, Reimaginar: Reconstruyendo con al Inclusion en mente

Keynote Speakers

Reflect with Elizabeth Grigsby, Disabity Rights Advocate and Dr Mary Falvey, Emeriti Professor CSULA

Town Hall Webinar

The Cal-TASH Legislative & Policy Committee presents a Town Hall Webinar: Reengaing: Public Saftey Strategies to Support Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Virtual Cal-TASH Bash Monday June 20th 2022.

38th Annual Cal-TASH Conference
Together for Justice, Inclusion & Community
March 5-6, 2021 Virtual Format

2021 Cal-TASH conference Together for Justice Inclusion & Community
LeDerick Horne Keynote Speaker March 6 2021. Poet, advocate, authore and one of the nationals most sought after spekaers dedicated to improving the outcomes of youth with disabilities.
Noor Pervez, Keynote Speaker, March 5, 2021 Disability Activist & Community Organizer
Moving Forward: Crossing the Disgital Divide March 5th 2021 featuring Adiba Nelson & Emory, Vint Cerf, Aaron Curruthers, Lori Shepard
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Chapman University Thompson Policy Institute on Disability
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37th Annual Cal-TASH Conference
Focus on the Future: Fulfilling the Promise of Inclusive Lives
March 6-7, 2020 in Sacramento, CA

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Adiba Nelson

Author, Screenwriter, Performer, Activist, Wife, Mother, Daughter, and most recently, subject of the Emmy winning documentary,The Full Nelson.


Often referred to as “inspirational,” Adiba wrote and self-published her first children’s book in 2013,  after not being able to find a children’s book that adequately and appropriately represented her daughter (African American, with special needs). Since then, she has independently sold over 3,000 books, won an award (Royal Dragonfly, Honorable Mention - Best Children’s Book - Topic: Disability), led numerous workshops for educators and education professionals/ paraprofessionals, and partnered with Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona to introduce a new inclusion patch program, Girl Scouts for ALL (which has now been replicated in California and Texas).


Adiba is trying to change the world, and from the looks of it, she has no intentions of stopping until she does. When she’s not ironing her cape, you can find her moonlighting as a *mostly* decent mom to her incredible daughter Emory, debating her husband over who has the better Netflix feed, or checking Expedia, looking for the least expensive 4-day beach getaway.

Town Hall:Intersectionality: Poverty, Race, and Disability

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Ari Ne'eman


Ari Ne'eman is the author of the forthcoming book THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD: The Story of Disability in America(Simon & Schuster 2020). From 2006 to 2016, he served as President and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the leading national advocacy organization run by and for autistic adults speaking for themselves. From 2010 to 2015, he served as one of President Obama's appointees to the National Council on Disability. He currently serves as CEO of, an online platform designed to help connect seniors and people with disabilities with workers who share their values. He is also an advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union and a variety of other groups on disability policy.

Speakers gather behind a table around Barbara who is showing her award. Speakers include Richard Rosenberg, Noel Scott, Barbara Ransom, and Zachary David Miller.

Featuring Richard Rosenberg, Noel Scott, Barbara Ransom, and Zachary David Miller

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