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The work of TASH is only possible with the help of the TASH membership and a network of volunteers. We rely on the contributions and insights of members serving on TASH committees, who actively support the values upon which TASH was founded. Committee members accept responsibility for carrying out strategic portions of our mission.

TASH strives for a balance in the composition of experiences and skills of committee members by encouraging by members who represent the diversity of our membership and the communities in which they live (people who are self-advocates, family members, educators, researchers, community support providers, related service therapists, people of color, or combinations thereof).

Most of all, we encourage participation from TASH members who are passionate about our mission. If you are interested in offering your talents and resources to TASH, you can request to join by emailing and requesting to join a National Agenda or Operating Committee.  Please see the following descriptions of National Agenda and Operating Committees.

National Agenda Committees

Each of the following committees designs and implements annual workplans to provide leadership to the field toward the realization of the following goals. Actions should be creative, strategic and timely, maximizing the use of TASH’s tools, events, members, chapters, and partners and in consideration of environmental factors. These committees are responsible for impacting public policy as it relates to the topical area.

Inclusive Education Committee: Develops and implements actions in an annual Work Plan to increase the placement of students with disabilities in inclusive education settings and use of high quality inclusive education practices as intended in IDEA and NCLB. Administers the June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Awards.

Community Living Committee: Develops and implements actions in an annual Work Plan to expand the provision of person-centered, long term supports and individualized choice for community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in every state. Administers the Larry K. Brummond Supported Relationships Award.

Employment Committee: Develops and implements actions in an annual Work Plan to increase the employment rate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and eliminate federally sanctioned sub-minimum wages. Administers the Marc Gold Award.

Human Rights Committee: Develops and implements actions in an annual Work Plan to a) eliminate the use of aversive interventions as an acceptable strategy for behavior modification or control, and promote positive and proactive strategies to prevent dangerous situations, and b) end the “defacto” use of guardianship, which represents a serious violation of civil rights.

Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee: Develops and implements actions in an annual Work Plan to expand the participation rates of people of color who have disabilities in advocacy efforts and every aspect of life. Makes recommendations to increase the diversity of TASH members and Board members, evaluates TASH’s success at including different populations in TASH functions; and guides TASH actions to promote diversity.

Self-Advocacy Committee: Develops and implements actions to make sure the voices of individuals with disabilities are included in all of TASH’s goals and activities. Establishes goals for promoting TASH’s mission and vision and makes recommendations to increase the membership of individuals with disabilities.

Operating Committees

Operating committees have the authority of the TASH Board of Directors in managing TASH and are established by a majority vote by the Board. The committees are chaired by a member of the Board. With the exception of the Executive Committee, all TASH members in good standing are eligible to participate in operating committees.

Membership Committee: Develops and helps implement member recruitment and retention plans. Develops and implements membership surveys to routinely assess services members want and value. Makes recommendations for changes to member services. At least every three years, evaluates and recommends changes to member dues; recommends policies and practices regarding communications with members.

Chapter Leadership Committee: Recommends policies and direction for Chapter support and alignment, assesses the current status of Chapters and makes recommendations to individual chapters in response to annual reports. Identifies and helps support the development of new chapters, and develops strategies for increase grassroots participation in promoting TASH’s mission.

Conference and Training Committee: Provides direction and oversight for conference and webinar content development; coordinates training content and strategic field leadership needs assessment with national agenda committees. Responsible for the evaluation and quality improvement for all training content delivery. Liaises with conference Host Committee to establish a theme, tone, special events and activities that refresh the conference each year and respond to the unique needs and attributes of the host region.

Publications Committee: Maintains an overview and provides guidance regarding current and future TASH publications including Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, Connections, and other TASH-generated books and monographs (without interfering with the editorial decision making process of the publications); and makes recommendations to the board on matters of publication policy, pricing, and distribution. Steps in when necessary to maintain publication schedules. Screens publication drafts of other committees for consistency with TASH values, professional relevance, and quality, providing editorial recommendations for committee consideration. Administers the Alice Hayden Award and the Positive Images in the Media Award.

International Committee: Conceptualizes TASH’s role serving and recruiting international members, professionals and advocates. Identifies potential collaborations with international organizations and agencies. Makes recommendations to the board for a more formal international workplan in future years.

Finance Committee: sets financial management policy, reviews monthly financial reports from the accountant; hires an auditor and reviews audit reports, reviews the Executive Director’s draft budget and recommends adoption to the full board; communicates information about the status of the budget and expenses with the rest of the board on a regular basis.

Development Committee: Designs, approves and helps implement strategies of annual campaign (fundraising letters, TASH Night Out, conference sponsorship, board campaign, etc.) and designs, approves and administrates major donor campaign (President’s Circle, Legacy Society and capital campaigns). Facilitates the involvement and support of the full Board in fund development goals and strategies.

Board Development and Elections Committee: Nominates individuals for vacant positions on the Board. Identifies skills and qualities needed for the Board to achieve the strategic plan and current priorities. Identifies, screens, and selects candidates, communicates to each nominee the requirements for TASH board members. Confirms the intention of each nominee to uphold the TASH mission and Board policies. Finalizes the Board Ballot. According to the TASH bylaws, the committee must be composed of three current Board members (who are not running for re-election).

Executive Committee: Hires; sets the salary and benefits for the executive director, evaluates the executive director. Assesses the board of directors on a regular basis and designs and implements a board development plan in response to the board assessment. Analyzes the skills and attributes of the board and identifies skill gaps; oversees the board member nomination process. Meets as needed between quarterly board meetings to act on behalf of the board on issues that arise. (Membership is in this committee is limited to officers of the board of directors).

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