2007 - 2010 TASH Strategic Plan


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2007 - 2010 TASH Strategic Plan

  1. 1. STRATEGIC PLAN 2007 - 2010 TASH is an international membership association advancing human rights and inclusive communities through research, education, and advocacy. TASH members are people with disabilities, family members, fellow citizens, advocates, and professionals working together to create change and build capacity so that all people, no matter their perceived level of disability, are included in all aspects of society. We have fourteen Chapters and thousands of members from thirty-four different countries and territories. Since our inception over thirty years ago, TASH has gained international acclaim for our uncompromising stand against separatism, stigmatization, abuse and neglect. We actively promote the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. TASH believes that no one with a disability should be forced to live, work, or learn in a segregated setting; that all individuals deserve the right to direct their own lives. 1
  2. 2. VISION: TASH has a vision of a word in which people with disabilities are included and fully participating members of their communities, with no obstacles that prevent equity, diversity, and quality of life. We envision communities in which no one is segregated and everyone belongs. We will see our vision when: ♦ All individuals have a home, recreation, learning, and employment opportunities based on their personal vision of quality of life. ♦ All children and youth are fully included in their neighborhood schools. ♦ There are no institutions. ♦ Institutions of Higher Education are accessible for all. ♦ Policy makers and Administrators understand the struggles of people with disabilities and plan for their active participation in all aspects of life as laws, policies, and regulations are designed. ♦ All individuals have a way to communicate and community members are flexible in communicating in alternate ways in order to promote full participation in life. ♦ Injustices and inequities in private and public sectors are eradicated. ♦ Practices for teaching, supporting, and providing services to people with disabilities are based on current, evidence-based strategies that promote high quality and full participation in all aspects of life. ♦ All individuals with disabilities enjoy individualized supports and a quality of life similar to those available to all citizens. ♦ All individuals with disabilities have the tools and opportunities to advocate on their own behalf. MISSION: TASH’s mission is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of their communities, and eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. We will do this through: ♦ Collaboration among self-advocates, families, professionals, policy-makers, and advocates ♦ Advocacy for equity, opportunities, social justice, and human rights ♦ Education of the public, politicians, community leaders, and service providers ♦ Research that translates excellence to practice ♦ Promoting individualized, quality supports in place of congregate and segregated settings and services ♦ Supporting legislation, litigation, and public policy consistent with TASH’s vision and mission 2
  3. 3. TASH’s focus is on those people with disabilities who: ♦ Are most at risk for being excluded from the mainstream of society; ♦ Are perceived by traditional service systems as being most challenging ♦ Are most likely to have their rights abridged; ♦ Are most likely to be at risk for living, working, playing, and/or learning in segregated environments; ♦ Are least likely to have the tools and opportunities necessary to advocate on their own behalf; ♦ Historically have been labeled as having severe disabilities; and, ♦ Are most likely to need on-going, individualized supports in order to participate in inclusive communities and enjoy a quality of life similar to that available to all citizens. RESOURCES In order to accomplish its mission, TASH will draw on its wealth of resources: People: Board of Directors Executive Director and Staff Operating Committees Issue Committees Chapters Members at large Materials and Tools: Public policy materials Advocacy communications tools Information technology capacity Website Database Marketing materials Journal Newsletter Listservs Relationships: Involvement in advocacy coalitions Collaboration with regional and national advocacy and professional organizations Expertise: Communications Marketing Conference management Product development Technology and teleconferencing 3
  4. 4. Goal 1. Increase membership and members’ access to services Strategy Action Outcome Assess Survey members about services they A stable membership: within 5 member value and identify sustainable ways to years, 55% of TASH’s needs meet needs (newsletter, regular membership renew each year communications, training and conferences, info & referral) Increase Implement targeted membership Increased membership each membership campaigns year from one or more of the following groups: ♦ self-advocates Re-design dues structure to ensure value ♦ younger families and access, including scholarships ♦ students ♦ service providers ♦ researchers ♦ teachers, especially new teachers ♦ direct support personnel ♦ parents and self- advocates of color ♦ lapsed members Increase attendance at conference by members by 15% each year Increase web- Add a member’s only section of the TASH website visitor use based access website, with a searchable database of increases every year to information TASH resources, best practice models; for the general searchable RPSD and Connections archives, discussion boards, etc. Members are immediately membership linked to resources when they Add an on-line resource database need them Maintain Member listservs routinely Maintain the quality of member products and increase electronic access to print products such as the Journal and Newsletter Collaborate Survey Chapters to identify needed Local members are connected with and services and implement priorities over to stable Chapters in 15 states, provide time with plans to increase to all 50 assistance to states within 5 years Provide materials and training for Chapters Chapters on member recruitment strategies 4
  5. 5. Goal 2: Maintain existing funding base and create new and sustainable revenue to support the mission and growth of TASH Strategy Action Outcomes Provide high quality Reorganize, focus and, when Effective and efficient office office and financial possible, automate functions to operations and operating management ensure excellence in operations expenses that are consistent and affordability with income and result in operational excellence Develop financial management and Reports to the Board that are reporting procedures to assure accurate, consistent and guide transparency and sound decision making stewardship Balanced budget Clean audits that show an annual surplus Timely filing of accurate financial statements Increase revenue Identify opportunities for Increased income that sources and dependable, mission-related exceeds operating expenses amount of income revenue and implement $250,000 in Campaign Develop new marketing and fund Revenue (from foundations, development materials individuals, sponsors) Plan and implement the Campaign Increased conference sponsor to Sustain the Vision and ad revenue by 20% Acquire additional funding through TASH will be a financially donations and planned giving sound non-profit, with an annual cash reserve (5% of Increase revenue through annual income) conference and product sponsors, exhibits and ads 90 day cash reserve on hand throughout the year within 3 years; 3:1 ratio of current assets to liabilities maintained within 5 years Assist Chapters in Provide training and assistance to Thriving, active Chapters in 15 obtaining funds for Chapters on fund development states within 1 year, 50 states local advocacy, within 5 years Improve systems and access to information technology/tools so chapter leaders dissemination, can more easily manage chapter assistance to activities and communications people with Ensure sound fiscal practices so disabilities, and that Chapters enjoy the full extent training of their membership revenue 5
  6. 6. Goal 3: Increase TASH leadership and presence in important advocacy initiatives to ensure full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life Strategy Action Outcome Increase TASH Establish relationships and TASH values are imbedded in a visibility with collaborate with other grassroots growing number of public policy advocacy organizations – e.g.: American decisions, including legislation, Association of People with Disabilities, regulations, and enforcement organizations and National Council on Independent strategies. public policy Living, ADAPT, SABE forums Participate in coalitions as appropriate, such as the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) Conduct a policy summit each spring to discuss policy priorities. Identify and implement training Provide support to opportunities for grassroots and Grassroots/ Chapter networks are Chapters in active in policy issues at all levels Chapter TASH activists advocacy strategies Member participation in local, Research and select electronic regional, and national forums to means for communicating with and advance TASH issues increases engaging grassroots and Chapters on public policy Provide leadership Implement media campaigns on TASH defines a leadership role on on critical public issues important to membership promoting the following legislative policy issues objectives: Produce documents on policy • Eliminate the use of aversives, issues and give testimony as seclusion and restraints appropriate, such as: • End the practice of sending Resolutions students across state borders as an educational solution Position papers • End institutionalization; pass Draft legislation MiCasa; implement money follows the person Testimony • Availability of alternative and Disciplined messages augmentative communication Action alerts • Inclusive education and meaningful access to the general curriculum; use of evidence-based teaching practices • Integrated/ meaningful work 6
  7. 7. Goal 4: Ensure that Information on Inclusive Best Practices is Disseminated Broadly with Members and Others who Need to Know Strategy Action Outcome Publish print Publish the Journal 4 times/year TASH publications are highly materials on high regarded by the membership as Publish the newsletter, quality practices, responsive, relevant and timely Connections, 6 times/year issues and Submissions: acceptance ratio for the solutions. Publish one book a year, compiling Journal is maintained at 1:9. best practices in an area of concern to the membership Conduct training Conduct six teleconference series An average of at least 40 members and networking per year on current issues and and 40 non-members participate in opportunities for market broadly to audiences TASH each teleconference series members and the seeks to influence and/or support general public Promote teleconference CDs and handouts as a product available through the website Conduct an annual conference for At least 1800 people attend the members and non-members annual conference each year Obtain special Seek funding to promote strategies TASH actively promotes emerging project grants that are specifically relevant to practices that advance our mission TASH’s mission Project findings and products are broadly disseminated Provide support to Market Chapter workshops through Chapters have information at their Chapters in training Connections, and a master disposal to disseminate in their and information calendar of events on the website communities dissemination Provide/referral for technical Increased attendance at Chapter assistance and research-based workshops information to Chapters on inclusive practices Maintain, develop, Reach out to and build TASH is invited to present at an and improve relationships with: increasing number of associations partnerships • Parent organizations and organizational meetings each • Human rights organizations year • Professional associations • Rare disorder groups • Disability service providers • Civil rights organizations for the purposes of : sharing expertise, collaborative member recruitment, marketing publications and training, dissemination of best practices, information and referral 7
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