TASH Telephone Conferences on Issues Related to 
Self-determination for People with Disabilities

See General Information below

1. New Approaches to Quality: Why Do We Think Self-Determination Works?
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 25th 1:30- 3:00 PM Eastern
James W. Conroy, Center for Outcome Analysis, Thomas Nerney, The Center for Self-Determination

What are the common foundations of quality, and how do we know if something works? 
Creating better quality and value in long term supports needs to rest on expectations for individuals with disabilities that mirror the expectations of all members of society. This session will explore this concept of determining quality, as well as compelling data from nine states that indicate just how well self-determination contributes to the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. 

2. Self-directed Support Corporations: Understanding The Concepts 
Date and Time: Thursday, March 27th 3:30- 5:00 PM Eastern 
Jackie Golden, Executive Director for Inclusion Research Institute and Ruthie Marie Beckwith, Director of the Tennessee Microboard Association 

There has been much discussion about the concepts of Self-directed Support Corporations and Microboards, but what are these and how do they work? Jackie Golden directs a Project of National Significance to promote awareness of Self-directed Support Corporations. Ruthie Marie Beckwith shares the State of Tennessee's approach to this concept.  Both Self-directed Support Corporations and Microboards share the same philosophy, but some technical issues may be different given that the United States has vigorous Medicaid regulations. Please join us to learn about these exciting ways of supporting individuals with disabilities. The Inclusion Research Institute is sponsoring this session. 

3. Alternatives to Guardianship 
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 2nd 1:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern
Dohn Hoyle, Association for Community Advocacy 

Guardianship, at one time seen as a benign way to "protect" people with disabilities, is now clearly seen as an intrusion into a person's basic civil and human rights and a legal process to be avoided. This session will include a discussion of why and under what circumstances people seek guardianship, and why individuals should avoid declaration of incompetence, seeking instead "assisted competence." A discussion of the tools, formats, and techniques that serve as alternatives to guardianship will be discussed. 

4. Collaborative Negotiations
Date and Time: Thursday, April 17th, 1:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern
Dave Black, Interchange Northwest, and other invited guests 
People with disabilities and their families are often faced with difficult decisions involving a variety of systems to get what they and their families need.  Examples of these include the schools, health care organizations, and social services agencies.  People often report feeling frustrated, angry and overwhelmed with the challenge of negotiating with entities on issues that are critical to their lives. This teleconference will offer a forum for sharing stories about making decisions and managing conflict, and help participants develop skills and practical strategies that will enable them to get what they need through collaborative negotiations.

5. Self Determination With and For Individuals with Significant Cognitive Disabilities and Their Families -- 
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 23rd 1:30 - 3:00 PM Eastern 
Rud Turnbull, Co-director, Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas; 
John Agosta, Vice President, Human Services Research Institute (invited)
Join this session for a lively look at practical ways to achieve self-determination when a person cannot express his/her choices in traditional ways. Can everyone self-determine? How can parents, siblings, other family members and support staff assist a person with a significant cognitive disability to direct his/her own life? To what extent should parents and other trusted allies allow their own values to influence decision-making and how can we learn to truly listen to and understand messages that are unspoken, but nevertheless, clearly conveyed? The presenters will explore ways that family and individual culture can be honored in the process of developing and sustaining a self-determined vision for quality of life over a person's full lifespan. 

6. What Are the Threats to Self-Determination?
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 7th  1:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern
Ray Gerke, Co-President-Self-Advocate, National Coalition on Self-Determination; 
Bill Coffelt, Co-President-Parent, National Coalition on Self-Determination; 
James Meadours, Advisory Board Member, National Coalition on Self-Determination

While people with disabilities and advocates strongly support opportunities for self-determination, most people with disabilities in this country still don't have access to true self-determination. This session will explore the obstacles to making self-determination a reality for all people with disabilities. What are the federal and state policies that support or become obstacles to self-determination? 
How do other advocacy efforts (for example, the recent alert from VOR, "Voice of the Retarded" attacking money following the person) threaten the growth of this movement and what can be done to counter these efforts? Join Ray, Bill, and James for a lively discussion about these critical topics.

7. Self-Determined Transition Planning: What Happens After the Meeting?
Date and Time: Thursday, May 22nd 1:30- 3:00 PM Eastern 
Mary Held, Indiana Transition Initiative Project, Indiana University; Colleen Thoma, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Karen Thomas, Teacher/Coordinator, Monroe County Community School Corporation; Cathy Beard, Parent (Logan's Mom), Indiana Institute on Disability and Community; Logan Pipher, Student and Employee of The Bakehouse

The primary focus of research on supporting student self-determination has been centered on the development of the transition IEP and participation in the meeting. 
While this is important, it is equally important that teachers learn to support students in being self-determined throughout the course of the school year. A teacher, student, parent, and higher education faculty will share multiple strategies that have been effective in assuring that students with disabilities remain in control of the transition planning process before, during, and after the transition IEP meetings. 

8. Voting: Everyone Must Have a Voice 
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 10th 1:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern
Teresa Moore, Moore Advocacy Consulting; Tia Nelis, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois; Laurie Powers, Co-Director, Center on Self-Determination, Oregon Institute on Disability and Development; Nancy Ward, Self-Advocacy Coordinator, People First of Oklahoma 

Voting is a basic right of all Americans that many people with disabilities do not exercise. It is critical for citizens with disabilities to have a voice and express self-determination through participating in the voting process. Members of The Voters Education Project (a project designed and conducted by 
self-advocacy leaders) will discuss the importance of voting and ways to overcome barriers to voting, including guardianship and cognitive, attitudinal, and physical accessibility.

General Information
Each session will last for 90 minutes. The session will include the presentation, with designated time for question and answer with the presenters. Sessions are conducted over the telephone. Every registrant or site will receive call-in instructions and handouts for each session via email or fax.  We are sorry; tapes of the sessions will not be made available.  Registrants who are unable to attend on the scheduled date will have the opportunity to call in and listen to the session anytime within a designated two-week period following that session. 

For more information or to register online or to download the registration form: 
Please visit www.tash.org/tc03; call 410-828-8274 to register by phone with a credit card; or fill out and fax this form to 410-828-6706.   

(Please register at least 2 business days in advance of a session 
to ensure timely receipt of handouts and call-in instructions)

TASH Members: 
Individual Participant $45 per person, per session or $315 for series 
Family Members and Individuals with Disabilities $25 per session or $175 for series
Site (unlimited listeners) $100 per session or $700 for series

Individual Participant $55.00 per person, per session or $385 for series 
Family Members and Individuals with Disabilities $35 per session or $245 for series
Site $125.00 per site, per session or $875 for series

For more information or to register online: 
Please visit <www.tash.org/tc03> 
to register online; call 410-828-8274 to register by phone with a credit card; or fill out and fax this form to 410-828-6706.