2015 TASH Conference has ended
This year’s theme, “Celebrating 40 Years of Progressive Leadership,” acknowledges TASH’s 40 years of generating change within the disability community and anticipates a brighter, more inclusive future for people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Each year, the TASH Conference impacts the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world.

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Barb Trader

Executive Director
Washington, DC
Barb Trader is Executive Director of TASH, a progressive advocacy organization that advances inclusion and human rights of people with significant disabilities and complex needs. In her role at TASH, Barb leads APRAIS (Alliance for Prevention of Restraint, Aversive Intervention and Seclusion), a 32-member alliance of national non-profits with a mission to eliminate aversive interventions. She serves on the Board and is treasurer of the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination, a 15 member coalition to advance high-impact public policy. Barb has worked in the disability field for 39 years as a therapist, project director, and administrator at local, state, national and international levels. With a BS in therapeutic recreation and an MS in vocational rehabilitation counseling, her areas of expertise include organization administration, community mobility and integration, community mapping, administration of integrated programs and events, and facilitating avocational and vocational goals. She formed a wheelchair division for the Peachtree Road Race (Atlanta), the first to occur in a major race, serving as director for10 years, and advised road race directors throughout the world. The 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games were the first to be held in the United States, due in part to a grassroots effort led by Barb and local advocates, including a petition effort that gathered 40,000 signatures in 10 days. As vice president of community youth and education programs, Barb designed and implemented 15 programs that spanned a three year period, including an employment program for people with disabilities in collaboration with Fortune 500 Games sponsors. This program facilitated long-term and ongoing commitment to practices that increased employment of people with disabilities by IBM, Bell South, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, UPS, Randstad Staffing Services, and others. She has authored articles, book chapters, and launched national programs, and has previously served on the national leadership staff of VSA arts and Easter Seals.