Join us for the TASP Annual Meeting, Monday November 16, 2020 from 3:00-3:30pm EST.  The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the work of TASP is welcome to attend.  Get more info and register HERE


TASP Congratulates the 2020 AAIDD Fellows, Including TASP Senior Board Member Dr. Susan Yuan!

From the AAIDD website:

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is pleased to announce and congratulate the following individuals who have been identified to receive the designation of Fellow of the Association (FAAIDD).

This distinction is a high honor and is presented after review and consideration by a committee of leaders in the Association. Individuals may be nominated for Fellow after they have had at least seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD, participation in the professional and business affairs of the Association, and are judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability.

Read more on the AAIDD Website


TASP Remembers Carrie Ann Lucas and Honors Her Memory

TASP remembers the people we have lost this year, including our good friend and tireless advocate Carrie Anne Lucas.  Read more about Carrie Ann in this New York Times Magazine Article: The Lives They Lived

In her honor, TASP created the Disability Rights Legal Advocate award this year.  This award is given to someone who demonstrates the philosophy of TASP’s late friend, Carrie Ann Lucas, who was a disability rights attorney who pioneered representation for parents with disabilities, and who worked tirelessly for the rights of parents with disabilities.

TASP was pleased to give the first award to Dr. Nicole Brisson at our 2019 Conference, for her vision, dedication, advocacy and leadership in on-going systems change and best practices for parents with disabilities.  Read more about Dr. Brisson, and all this year’s awardees, HERE


The Association for Successful Parenting

(TASP) strongly endorses the Office of Civil  Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Child Welfare Programs for entering into a voluntary resolution agreement concerning the rights of parents with disabilities.  Read the HHS press release HERE

The OCR investigation that lead to this resolution focused on the following issues (1) ODHS CWP removed and failed to return the children of parents with intellectual disabilities (Affected Parties) based on the parents’ low Intelligence Quotient (IQ) scores. (2) OCR also opened an individual complaint investigation (18-290275) in response to a complaint filed by an advocate on behalf of the Affected Parties alleging disability discrimination by ODHS CWP on the basis of the Affected Parties’ low IQs when ODHS CWP removed their children and the children were not returned to the Affected Parties.

TASP is pleased that ODHS has agreed to make needed systemic changes to ensure that parents like Amy Fabbrini and Eric Zielger and other parents with I/DD in Oregon will receive the needed support to ensure that they have a chance to successfully parent their children.  OCDH agreed to meet their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act by updating their policies and procedures, along with staff training to ensure that Oregon parents with I /DD receive non-discriminatory services.  This is important work that must be undertaken with timeliness and respect for parent’s rights.

TASP is a leading not for profit committed to successfully supporting families when parents have a cognitive disability. With a focus on research, education, and service, TASP works to build the capacity of communities and families to support parents with learning difficulties.

We believe that the population of families in which one or more parents have a cognitive disability has not only been under-served, but discriminated against and repeatedly denied a chance to parent.

Our mission :

We are Dedicated to Enhancing the Lives of Parents Living with Cognitive Difficulties and Their Families through Education, Advocacy, and Support

*Cognitive difficulties may include difficulties in learning, remembering, and making decisions that affect everyday life

Lack of support for parents living with cognitive difficulties, and their families, continues to be an under-addressed social problem that needs real solutions. One of our recent endeavors was our successful TASP 2019 Chance to Parent Conference that offered social workers, legal professionals, policymakers, researchers, direct service providers, parents, and others, an opportunity to learn about new and innovative practice, policy and research taking place at local, state, national and international levels. One of our current feature projects is TASP’s Nationwide Curriculum for Professionals Working with Parents with IDD.

We know that lasting individual and social change come about when we work together to achieve a common goal. That’s why, supporting families when parents have cognitive disabilities is our cause. Every day we work side-by-side with researchers, practitioners, and self-advocates to assure that everyone, regardless of age, income, background or learning difficulties, has a chance to parent.

Dr. Julie Clockston, LCSW

TASP Board President, on behalf of TASP’s board of directors


TASP 2020 Board Meetings

Anyone interested in the work of TASP is welcome to join our bi-monthly TASP Board Meeting, which take place via conference call.  Full board meetings are typically held the 3rd Monday of every other month at 3pm EST, unless otherwise noted.  The 2020 meeting dates are:

  • January 27, 2020, 3pm EST – )date change due to the MLK holiday)
  • March 16, 2020, 3pm EST
  • May 18, 2020, 3pm EST
  • July 20, 2020, 3pm EST
  • September 21, 2020, 3pm EST
  • November 6, 2020, 3pm EST (Annual Board Meeting)

Call-in number for all meetings: 1-712-775-7031, 389058#


New Board Members!

TASP is excited to announce 5 individuals joined the TASP Board at the November annual meeting.  Get to know our new members: 2018 TASP New Board Member Bios

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