TASP is excited to offer a series of FREE webinars in 2021.

Join us!

All webinars are being offered in a live, interactive format via Zoom.

After they have aired live, a recorded version will be available to TASP members for free and for non-members for a fee.  Purchase recorded webinars HERE, or become a TASP member HERE and get them for free!

See the schedule of webinars below and register today.  If registration is not yet available, check back, or join our mailing list HERE to be the first to get updates.

We do not offer CEUs or slides for these webinars.

Effective Support Strategies for Parents with Cognitive Difficulties

January 20, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST
Recorded Webinar

This FREE webinar will provide information about effective support strategies to help families where the parent has a cognitive difficulty. We’ll discuss the importance of building rapport, and how to start the process, as well as share different types of support models and how they work, discuss strategies to provide effective support, and share what parents and self-advocates tell us about parenting and having providers in their lives. Participants will discuss common challenges facing parents with I/DD and talk about how to work together to best support them.

This webinar is presented by Cathy Haarstad. Cathy is an adjunct faculty member at Minot State University in North Dakota. She has over 30 years of experience in supporting adults with developmental disabilities, some of whom choose to parent, and is also the parent of an adult with developmental disabilities.

Full Webinar Flier HERE

Peer Navigation Support for Parents with I/DD

March 10, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST

This FREE webinar will review the history of the Peer Navigation movement along with the thoughts of leaders in the field of supporting parents with I/DD; discussion of how the PN Model was implemented in VT over a 5 year period; a review of how the PN Model was implemented in Washington DC, and, finally some thoughts from several Peer Navigators in the DC project to get their perspective on their work with parents and systems in DC. This session will also examine recent legislation around parenting and the outcome of the Sara Gordon case in MA.

This webinar is presented by Susan Yuan, Ph.D and Bernadette Irwin, MS.

Susan has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since the birth of her son, Andreas, 46 years ago. She was the Associate Director of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Vermont’s UCEDD, until 2008, when she retired from the University, and established her consulting firm, Yuan & Associates.  Dr. Yuan conducts training on culture and disability, inclusion, family support, and parents with disabilities.

Bernadette was one of the founders of TASP and worked with children with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families for over 30 years, and administered Maryland’s only Supported Parenting program, Growing Together, during her years at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Most recently, Bernadette was the Program Director of TASP’s Successful Parenting DC. (SP-DC) Program, a Peer Navigation Program in Washington DC.

Full Webinar Flier HERE

A Comprehensive Approach to Assessing the Strengths and Needs of Parents with IDD

May 12, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST

Parents with IDD are frequently subject to inadequate parental fitness evaluations, causing many to lose their parental rights. This presentation will illuminate the shortcomings of these evaluations and will provide an overview of an alternative methodology, the SAGE Family Assessment Model (SFAM). The SFAM aims to evaluate parents fairly, while offering realistic and relevant recommendations that provide parents equal opportunity to parent.

This webinar is presented by Nicole Brisson , Ph.D.

Dr. Brisson is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and has worked in the field of intellectual disabilities since 1992. She holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in psychology and a specialization in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Brisson is the owner/director of Sage Haven Associates, Inc., a consulting, assessment, and training practice specializing in meeting the needs of parents with disabilities and their families. She is recognized as a national expert in providing competence-based parenting assessments to parents with intellectual disabilities, has developed and taught a course on parental disability and child welfare at the University of Vermont, conducted trainings, spoken at conferences, and has testified in courts across the United States. Dr. Brisson is the Vice President of TASP and a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Webinar flier HERE

Self Advocacy for Parents with Disabilities at the Legislature

July 14, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST

CANCELED!  We hope to reschedule at a later date.

This FREE webinar will explore the legislative process and give concrete examples of ways that parents with disabilities can be involved in changing legislation in their own states. We will highlight a bill that has passed in the 2021 Tennessee Legislative session pertaining to the rights of Parents with Disabilities. This webinar is intended for parents, self-advocates, and professionals who want to know more about the legislative process and get involved.

This webinar is presented by Heidi Haines and Lindsay Brillhart.

Heidi is the Executive Director at The Arc of Tennessee and also serves as an advisor to SABE, the National self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities. Prior to joining The Arc of Tennessee Heidi worked as the Director of Advocacy at The Arc of Colorado for almost a decade. Heidi is a 2017 graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware Advanced Leadership Institute. Heidi is also a 2016 graduate of the William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy.

Lindsay is a mom of 2 girls. She is a strong self-advocate for her kids and others. She has (formally) worked with the ARC of Hamilton County and Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services. She currently resides in Cincinnati with her her partner Phil and 2 kids: Julianna 19, and Sara, 10. She was once on the People First of Ohio board. She is a Partners in Policy graduate. She is also a graduate of PATHS (Providing Alternative Thinking Strategies). In her spare time, she loves to travel and to meet new people.

Building Support Networks To Reduce the Risk of Isolation For Parents with IDD

September 8, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST

Recorded Webinar!


Parents with IDD are too often adversely impacted by isolation, especially when living in more remote communities. This FREE webinar will consider the value of identifying and understanding the barriers to successful parenting, drawing on parent narratives. Consideration will be given to exploring the risk factors that escalate parental isolation and strategies to develop both formal and informal support systems for parents.

This webinar is presented by Tom Robinson.

Tom is the Director of Thomas Robinson Consulting, Ltd., founded in 1994, which provides individualized services in home communities through a family-centered team approach that promotes inclusion for individuals with developmental delays or disabilities in Northwest British Columbia, Canada.  Tom has a BA in Psychology and has worked with services for people who have developmental disabilities for over 40 years, including work in residential services, vocational programs, family support and respite, recreational/ leisure services, college instruction and regional health promotion.