(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Nicole Britton, a special education teacher at Washington County Middle School, has been selected to be co-chair of the Kentucky chapter of TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps). Britton is nationally board certified teacher who has been teaching in the district for 11 years. She teaches students with moderate and severe disabilities and employs animal assisted instruction in her personal life with her special needs assistance dog, Merle.

TASH was founded in 1975 and is a global frontrunner in disability advocacy. The organization advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs. According to its website, TASH’s mission 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.

“I became a member of TASH about three years ago,” says Britton. “TASH is one the oldest national organizations that advocate for equal rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. This is a way to extend what I do in the classroom.”

Kentucky TASH will be presenting an inclusion workshop series beginning this week. A workshop is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2017, Saturday, October 7, 2017 and Saturday, December 2, 2017. See below for details.