TASH (organization)

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TASH (organization) Logo.png
The TASH logo, which consists of a stylized Möbius strip
MottoEquity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities Since 1975
Formation1975; 44 years ago (1975)
FounderLou Brown, Norris Haring, Wayne Sailor
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States
Executive Director
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

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, a committee structure (e.g., community living, and housing subcommittee) and members in 34 countries and territories and is headquartered at 2013 H Street NW, Suite 715, Washington, D.C. 20006.


TASH Executive Directors
Years Executive Director
1975-1993 Liz Lindley
1994 Frank Laski
1995-2005 Nancy Weiss
2006-2016 Barb Trader
2016-present Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

TASH was founded in 1975 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 co-founder Wayne Sailor addresses the TASH Annual Conference on its 40th Anniversary, Portland, Oregon, 3 December 2015

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

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  • Agran, Ph.D., Martin; Spooner, Ph.D., Fred; Gee, Ph.D., Katherine; et al., eds. (2015). TASH: 40 Years of Progressive Leadership. Virginia Beach, Va.: Donning Company Publishers. ISBN 978-1-57864-985-3.
  • Sontag, Ed; Haring, Norris G. (March 1996). "The Professionalization of Teaching and Learning for Children with Severe Disabilities: The Creation of TASH". Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. 21 (1): 39–45. doi:10.1177/154079699602100107.

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