TASP Conference 2019

The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP) proudly presents the

2019 Chance to Parent Conference

Turning the Tide : Improving Outcomes with Inclusive & Interdisciplinary Practices

October 28-29, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Over the past decade much has been discovered about parenting with learning differences and/or intellectual disabilities. As more has been learned through research and practice, policy and practice has shifted in positive ways.

The TASP 2019 Chance to Parent Conference offers social workers, legal professionals, policy makers, 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.

The conference will include plenary sessions highlighting inclusive and interdisciplinary practices to create positive outcomes for families. Sessions will focus on a wide range of topics, including the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in relation to child welfare cases.

Through a parent panel presentation, breakout sessions, keynote presentations, and a reception, attendees will be able to share knowledge and network among a broad scope of stakeholders,  gaining knowledge and connections that can be applied across all disabilities.

Save the Date flier: TASP 2019 Conference

Schedule of Events

Monday 10/28/19 Tuesday 10/29/19
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 Registration Registration
9:00 – 9:15
Keynote Address
Welcome Welcome
9:15-10:00 Monika Mitra, PhD
Monkia is the director and associate professor at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Ivanova Smith
Ivanova is a Self-Advocate leader in Washington State. They work as an activist advocate for Atwork! and University of Washington LEND program Self Advocacy Faculty.
10:00 – 10:15 Break Break
Breakout 1
Virginia Cruz and Julie Clockston
Introducing TASP’s Nationwide Curriculum for Professionals Working with Parents with ID

Carla Carter and Molly Burgdorf
Promoting the Rights of Parents with Disabilities:  How Do the ADA and Section 504 Apply to Child Welfare Practices*

Tom Robinson
Reflections on Providing Direct Services to Parents Who Have Intellectual Disabilities in Isolated Communities

Susan Yuan and Bernadette Irwin
Successes & Challenges Working with Parents with ID and the Systems that Support Them

Lisa Simmons, Lori Wathen  and Janet Wilson
Supporting Parents and Providers in their Moment of Need


Nicole Brisson
Toward the Fair and Equitable Assessment of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities*


12:00 – 1:30 Lunch at Marriott Lunch on your own
1:30 – 3:15
Breakout 2
Deborah Bluestein, Janet Vogt, and Alicia Gonen
Supporting Parents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) – A Canadian Perspective

Liz Lightfoot and Sharyn DeZelar
Parent Centered Planning: Adapting the Person-Centered Planning Model to Help Parents Plan for Parenting


Leah Salerno
Advocating with parents when the State is involved *

Annie-Claude Villeneuve
Exploring innovative practices to support parents with intellectual disabilities: what about using technological devices?

Lise Schellman and Linzy Jones
Pearl Buck Preschool and Family Supports Programs


Traci LaLiberte
Gaps in Child Welfare Training Impacting Parents With IDD

3:15 – 3:30 Break Break
3:30-5:00 Parent Panel: Nothing About Us Without Us
Despite the popularization of the slogan, “Nothing about us without us!” as a reminder that people with disabilities know what is best for themselves, decisions are being made for parents with disabilities all the time without consideration of their thoughts, beliefs, wants, or needs. Parents on this panel will offer thoughtful, revealing, and sometimes heart wrenching descriptions of their personal journeys. Gain insight from their struggles and successes and leave with a new perspective on what it means to be a parent with a disability and how you can help.
Breakout 3

Catherine Wade (video presentation)
Perspectives from Australia: Who are parents with intellectual disabilities in Australia and how are they being supported?

Coalition Building Workshop: Make Change Happen
The over-representation of parents with disabilities involved in child welfare is a problem that is too difficult for any single organization to address alone. Collaborative efforts are sorely needed to solve this seemingly intractable issue. This workshop provides guidance for coalition building, including identifying allies, breaking down silos, and mobilizing the community. This action-orient workshop will help participants find creative ways to bridge gaps in services as identified by parents themselves and will offer strategies for sustainability.

The schedule is still being finalized and is subject to change.

*Indicates the presentation is geared towards parents/self-advocates and professionals

The 2019 Alexander J. Tymchuk Awards Presented at the 2019 TASP International Conference

These awards were handed out at the TASP 2019 Conference in honor of Dr. Tymchuk, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.  Dr. Tymchuk was a pioneer in the field of supporting parents with intellectual disabilities.  These awards honored individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their work in supporting parents with intellectual disabilities and other learning difficulties at the 2019 TASP International Conference – Turning the Tide:  Improving Outcomes With Inclusive and Interdisciplinary Practices.

The 2019 recipients of the 2019 Alexander J. Tymchuk Awards were:

LEADER for her vision, dedication, advocacy and leadership in the field of supporting parents with intellectual disabilities

EMERGING LEADER for her vision, dedication, advocacy and leadership in the field of supporting parents with intellectual disabilities

CHAMPION for his vision, leadership and guidance to the TASP Board of Directors as they explore the advancement of their Mission

The Carrie Ann Lucas Disability Rights Legal Advocate Award to for her vision, dedication, advocacy and leadership in on-going


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