TASH (organization)

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TASH (organization) Logo.png
The TASH logo, which consists of a stylized Möbius strip
Motto Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities Since 1975
Formation 1975; 40 years ago (1975)
Founder Lou Brown, Norris Haring, Wayne Sailor
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
Executive Director
Barbara Trader
Website www.tash.org
See Tash for other meanings.

TASH is an international advocacy association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and people who work in the disability field. The mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. TASH operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It has over 30 chapters and members in 34 countries and territories and is headquartered at 2013 H Street NW, Suite 715, Washington, D.C. 20006.


TASH was founded in 1974 under the name "American Association for the Education of the Severely / Profoundly Handicapped" ("AAESPH"). The name was changed to "The Association for the Severely Handicapped" (TASH) in 1980, and again to the name The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps in 1983. In 1995, the Board of Directors decided to drop that name as well, since it did not fit with current values. The name TASH is still used due to its high name recognition.


TASH publishes a quarterly scholarly journal, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, and a popular magazine, Connections.

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