TASH Committees and Communities of Practice

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 applications from people passionate about our mission. If you are interested in offering your talents and resources to TASH, you can request to join clicking on “Access Committee Forum” and requesting to join the group.  Please see the following descriptions Operating Committees, Ad Hoc Committees, and Communities of Practice.

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.

Executive and Internal Affairs Committee: All internal and operational issues-including those related to finance, human resources, price-setting, membership, etc., are handled by this committee.

External Affairs Committee: All external issues-including fundraising, public relations, and marketing are the responsibility of this committee. Access Committee Forum (committee members only)

Governance and Elections Committee: This committee is responsible for the health and functioning of the board. It recruits new members, conducts orientation, produces board materials, and evaluates the performance of the board itself. This committee is arguably the most important to assure the health and future of the organization. It is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the current board and for recruiting tomorrow’s leaders.

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. Access Committee Forum (committee members only)

Research and 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. Access Committee Forum (committee members only)

Policy Committee: Develops TASH’s annual federal affairs agenda including the development of policy positions, strategies, and advocacy outreach; creates initiatives for engaging and building grassroots support for promoting TASH’s federal affairs agenda; provides analyses of federal legislative initiatives; develops strategies to elevate and TASH’s policy positions with Congress and federal agencies; and provides analyses of federal legislative initiatives.

Ad Hoc Committees

These are time-limited, single task committees, chaired by board members appointed by the President.

Strategic Planning Committee: Responsible for engaging fellow board members, staff and members to establish and develop a 2017 – 2019 strategic plan. The strategic plan should describe strategic goals, identify benchmarks, and include measurable objectives, tactics, and progress monitoring.

TASH Communities of Practice

These communities are formed in response to member requests. They are charged with identifying one or two time-limited, pressing and, using a variety of communication, training, recognition, advocacy and publication methods, influencing the direction of the field toward more advanced and progressive policies and practices.

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 ESSA. Administers the June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Awards. Access Committee Forum (committee members only)

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.  Access Committee Forum (committee members only)

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. Access Committee Forum  (committee members only)

Early Career Researcher Network: Early Career Researcher Network recognizes the unique challenges facing pre-tenure researchers and focuses on discovery of research collaboration and mentorship relationships.

Chapter Leaders Network: 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. Access Committee Forum (committee members only)

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. Access Committee Forum (committee members only)

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