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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Alison Barkoff

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Director of Advocacy
Washington DC
Alison Barkoff is the Director of Advocacy at the Bazelon Center.  She works on policy and litigation related to community integration and inclusion of people with disabilities, including Olmstead, Medicaid, employment, housing, and education.  She is an appointed member of the federal Advisory Committee for Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities created by the Workforce Innovation Act and an invited member of the Bipartisan Policy Commission’s Social Security Disability Insurance Reform Working group.  She also helped start and lead an Inclusion Task Force in her home school district. From 2010 to 2014, she served as Special Counsel for Olmstead Enforcement in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where she led the Division’s efforts to enforce the right of individuals with disabilities to live, work and receive services in the community.  Under her leadership, the Division issued its first Olmstead guidance and was actively involved in Olmstead litigation across the country.  During her time with the federal government, Ms. Barkoff also worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on finalizing rules governing Medicaid-funded community-based services and with the Department of Labor on implementation of its new home care rule in Medicaid-funded disability service systems.Prior to her time with the government, she worked at the Bazelon Center and at other public interest organizations on Olmstead enforcement, disability discrimination, Medicaid, employment, and special education cases.   She also served as a judicial clerk for then-Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor and for Southern District of New York Judge William Pauley.  She is a graduate of Cornell University and Emory University School of Law.  She has an adult brother with an intellectual disability and has been involved in disability advocacy most of her life.  She speaks nationally and publishes articles on disability and civil rights issues.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 3

3:20pm PST

Friday, December 4

11:20am PST