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
10:15-11:45
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

Conference FAQs for website

  1. When will conference registration open?
    Registration is now open!  Visit the Registration” tab on this page and take advantage of the reduced early bird rate of $299 for the full conference, but only until August 1.  After that the rate will increase to $325.
  2. Can I attend the conference for just one day?
    Yes!  We’re pleased to offer a limited number of one-day tickets for both Monday and Tuesday for those who cannot attend both days.  Single-day tickets are limited, so register early!
  3. Do you offer discounted rates for students and parents/self-advocates?
    Yes!  We’re pleased to offer a reduced conference rate for students, as well as parents/self-advocates.
  4. What if I’m a parent with a disability and cannot afford to attend the conference?
    We want you there!  We encourage all parents/self-advocates to reach out to their local Disability Councils and/or Arcs to see if they’re able to provide financial assistance.  If you’ve done that, and still need help with the cost, please reach out to us at info@achancetoparent.net to find out about scholarship opportunities.
  5. What kind of information can I expect to get at the conference?
    We’re pleased to offer a panel of international speakers from the United States, Canada, Iceland, and Australia.  There will be a keynote speaker each day, as well as morning and afternoon break-out sessions, and a parent panel, with a wide range of topics, from direct services/supports, to how different states/communities are supporting parents with intellectual disabilities, to the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in relation to child welfare cases, and current research in the field.
  6. Who should attend the conference?
    The TASP 2019 International 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 can benefit anyone working with and/or supporting a parent with an intellectual disability, as well as parents themselves!
  7. How many speakers will you have at the conference?
    TASP has pulled together over 20 speakers from across the world to share information and ideas on current services and supports, legal perspectives, research, and direct life experience with attendees.
  8. Where is the conference being held?
    The conference will take place at the beautiful Marriott Waterfront in downtown Seattle, located at 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121.  You can also stay there for easy conference access every day, and convenient exploring opportunities in the evenings!   The world-famous Pike Place Market is an elevator ride away, and the hotel is near downtown attractions like the Seattle Waterfront, Cruise Port Terminal, Seattle Aquarium, Westlake Center and Olympic Sculpture Park.
  9. Is there a special hotel room rate for conference attendees?
    We’re pleased to offer a conference room rate of $179/night for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights to allow you the benefit of the full conference.  When booking via phone (800.228.9290), tell them you’re with the Association for Successful Parenting Conference to get the special rate.  You can also use this link to book directly online: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1552405300161&key=GRP&app=resvlink.Don’t delay on booking your room!  There are a limited number at the reduced rate, and the absolute last to book is October 7, 2019.
  10. What if I want to stay longer or come earlier? Can I stay at the same hotel?
    Yes!  The Marriott is happy to work with you around dates and rates.  If you are coming early or staying later please call them at 800.228.9290 to speak to a reservation agent.  Make sure to tell them you’re with The Association for Successful Parenting Conference to get the discounted rate for Sunday-Wednesday.
  11. How close is the downtown to the airport/train station?
    The hotel/conference center is 14.1 miles from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport.  It is a short taxi/subway/Uber ride away.
  12. How do I get from the airport to the conference center/hotel?
    There are many options for getting to the hotel.  You can take a taxi, take the subway, or call an Uber!  Details on transportation options and directions can be found here: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/seawf-seattle-marriott-waterfront/
  13. When will I know if my presentation proposal was accepted?
    Everyone who submitted a proposal was notified via email on May 17, 2019.  This email included presentation dates/times for accepted proposals.  If you’re not sure if you received an email, or have any questions, please reach out to us at info@achancetoparent.net.
  14. How do I sponsor the conference?
    We’re so glad you asked!   We have lots of great opportunities and benefits for sponsors.  Check the “Sponsor” tab on this page for more information, or click HERE 
  15. How do I get a vendor table at the conference?
    We are pleased to offer a limited number of vendor tables.  If interested in becoming a vendor, you can find information on this page under the “Vendors” tab, or click HERE
  16. Will there be a chance to network at the conference and meet other people?
    Yes!  We recognize the importance of meeting like-minded people doing similar work.  There will be chances during meals, as well as between sessions, and before and after the conference sessions to meet others and network together.  We’re also please to offer a “Coalition Building” breakout session to give specific time for people to network and learn form each other.
  17. What meals are included it with my registration fee?
    The fee includes a continental breakfast on Monday and Tuesday, lunch on Monday, and snacks/coffee throughout the day both days.  Lunch on Tuesday will be on your own.
  18. I just want to attend or present at one session; do I still have to register?
    Yes, even if you are only coming to attend or present at just one session, you still need to pay the registration fee. We do have a limited number of one-day registration tickets for your convenience.
  19. I’m a speaker, do you have a discount for speakers?
    No, we only have a discount for students and parents/self-advocates.
  20. What is the conference attire?
    The attire for our conference is business or business casual.
  21. Where do I pick up my registration materials?
    You’ll need to pick up your name badge along with conference materials starting on Monday, October 28 at 8am PST.
  22. What are the hours of the conference on both days?
    While we’re still finalizing the schedule, the conference day will run roughly 8am-5pm PST both Monday and Tuesday.
  23. What if your refund policy?  
    Due to limited time and resources, any tickets purchased after August 22nd, 2019 are non-refundable. Your support for TASP and the conference are appreciated.

Hotel and Travel

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Conference Center/Hotel

The conference will take place at the beautiful Marriott Waterfront in downtown Seattle, located at 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121.  You can also stay there for easy conference access every day, and convenient exploring opportunities in the evenings!   The world-famous Pike Place Market is an elevator ride away, and the hotel is near downtown attractions like the Seattle Waterfront, Cruise Port Terminal, Seattle Aquarium, Westlake Center and Olympic Sculpture Park.

We’re pleased to offer a conference room rate of $179/night for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights to allow you the benefit of the full conference.  When booking via phone (800.228.9290), tell them you’re with the Association for Successful Parenting Conference to get the special rate.  You can also use this link to book directly online: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1552405300161&key=GRP&app=resvlink.  Don’t delay on booking your room!  There are a limited number at the reduced rate, and the absolute last to book is October 7, 2019.

In the event you’d like to stay longer or come earlier, the Marriott is happy to work with you around dates and rates.  If you are coming early or staying later please call them at 800.228.9290 to speak to a reservation agent.  Make sure to tell them you’re with The Association for Successful Parenting Conference to get the discounted rate for Sunday-Wednesday.

Airport

The closest Airport is the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport.  The hotel/conference center is 14.1 miles from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport and is a short taxi/subway/Uber ride away.

Transportation to/from the hotel

There are many options for getting to the hotel.  You can take a taxi, take the subway, or call an Uber!  Details on transportation options and directions can be found here: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/seawf-seattle-marriott-waterfront/

Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Fill out the form below to contact us regarding sponsorship opportunities!

Agency / Organization / Company

Mission statement and/or brief description of your organization/company

Contact Name

Mailing Address

City

State

Zip Code

Contact Email

Contact Phone Number

Sponsorship Level Interest

Are you interested in a vendor table at the event for the special reduced rate of $75/2 days (a 50% savings off the full cost)?

Invoice Method

Contact person and mailing address / email address to send invoice for payment by check (if different than contact person above)

I prefer an invoice via PayPal

Paypal Email Address (If applicable)

Vendors

Thank you for your interest in being an exhibitor at TASP’s 2019 International Chance to Parent Conference!  The vendor displays are a prominent piece of the conference. We have space for 10 Vendors/Exhibitors on Monday, October 28, 2019 and 10 Vendors/Exhibitors on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

The Vendor Fair is divided into 6 foot and 30” clothed tables and two chairs.  You may reserve one space for your organization, or you may share one space with another vendor.

Monday, October 28th
Set-up from 7am-8am, Vendor Exhibits Open: 8am – 3:30 m

Tuesday, October 20th
Set-up from 7 m-8am, Vendor Exhibits Open: 8am – 3:30 m, Takedown: 3:30pm to 4:30pm Tuesday.

Prices
$100/1 day, $150/2 days

Please complete the information below and the TASP Conference Committee will review your information and send the application form and request for payment:

Agency / Organization / Company

Mission statement and/or brief description of your organization/company

Contact Name

Mailing Address

City

State

Zip Code

Contact Email

Contact Phone Number

Preferred way to receive the vendor application

Alexander J. Tymchuk Award for Excellence:

The nomination period has closed.  Thank you to all who submitted a nominee!  Winners will be announced at the conference and posted on our website.  

Awards will be given in three categories: Leader, Emerging Leader and Disability Rights Legal

Advocate in the field of supporting parents with intellectual disabilities and other learning difficulties.

Dr. Tymchuk, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine and a pioneer in the field of supporting parents with intellectual disabilities continues to honor individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their work in supporting parents with intellectual disabilities and other learning difficulties.

TASP has added a new award this year – Disability Rights Legal Advocate. This award will be 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.

Award Information & How to Nominate

Awards will be given at the 2019 TASP International Conference – Turning the Tide: Improving Outcomes with Inclusive and Interdisciplinary Practices. Please visit our website (www.achancetoparent.net/conference) to register for the conference and to get additional information. The award winners will be offered free registration to the 2019 TASP Conference in Seattle, Washington on October 28 and 29, 2019. You do not need to attend the conference in order to nominate yourself or someone else, and you do not need to attend to win.

Self-Nominations are encouraged!

All nominees must submit the form below no later than September 15, 2019. If you prefer to complete a paper form please download and submit to info@achancetoparent.net or mail to:

TASP
PO Box 3502
Baltimore, MD 21214.

Award recipients will be notified by late September to allow for travel plans.

TASP Mission: “We are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of at-risk parents with learning difficulties and their children.  This primarily includes parents who may be identified as persons with intellectual disabilities or borderline intellectual functioning.”


Fill out the form below to submit a nomination for the 2019 Alexander J. Tymchuk Award for Excellence:

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone Number

Relationship to the Nominee

Candidate Name

Nominating For

Contact Info for the Nominee

Email

Phone Number

Mailing Address

Nomination for LEADER or EMERGING LEADER

Please provide an overview of the candidate’s achievements in each of the following areas:

Contributions to the field of supporting parents with intellectual disabilities and other learning difficulties:

Contributions to the disability community:

Contributions to advancing the Mission of The Association for Successful Parenting (see mission above):

Participation in networking and educational opportunities for parents and or practitioners:

Promotes advocacy, on-going system change and best practices in the area of parenting by persons with intellectual disabilities and other learning difficulties:

Committed to increasing the viability and capacity of all families:

Any other qualifications you feel this individual has that would qualify for the award:

Nomination for DISABILITY RGHTS LEGAL ADVOCATE

Please provide relevant information on the following area for the Nominee. Nominee are not limited to attorneys. Anyone who has worked through the legal system to advocate for the rights of parents with disabilities is eligible for this award.

How does this individual promote legal advocacy, on-going system change and best practices for persons with intellectual disabilities and other learning difficulties?

Contributions to the disability community:

Contributions to advancing the Mission of The Association for Successful Parenting (see mission above):

Any other qualifications you feel this individual has that would qualify for the award:

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