OCASD SUBCOMMITTEE PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES
(Rev. 11/21/2022 JB)
A lot of work needs to be done to realize all of the goals outlined in OCASD's Long-Term Vision. Our work is done primarily through our collaborative subcommittees and work groups. The Commission has developed a set of priorities to recruit for and organize now. These are mainly offshoots of work we have done in the past that requires the 360° view that OCASD’s diverse membership can provide. However, rather than decide by ourselves to pursue only selected projects, we also need the broader autism community of autistic individuals, family members, and professionals to identify areas of strong interest to them. We will launch additional subcommittees as we are able and as we have interested participants to join them.
Current Subcommittees and Those Launching in 2023.
The current priority projects are divided into five subcommittees: (1) Professional Learning; (2) Navigating Life with Autism; (3) Screening, Identification, and Assessment; (4) Individual Interventions, Supports and Strategies for ASD; and (5) Social Services and Adult Supports. One or more projects is listed under each subcommittee.
Future Subcommittees: Our Strategic Plan calls for launching one additional subcommittee in 2023: Health Care
Click on the links below to explore the projects assigned to each subcommittee. If you want more information or have input you want to share about the subcommittees or projects, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) Navigating Life with Autism
(3) Screening, Identification, and Assessment
(4) Individualized Interventions Supports & Strategies for ASD
(5) Social Services & Adult Supports
Subcommittee Membership. Next to each subcommittee we created a list of suggested types of members by experience and profession. These lists are not exclusive. If you do not think you are on the list but still have an interest in participating, please feel free to apply. To apply to become a subcommittee chair or member, click here.
Potential Future Subcommittees
We had hoped to stand up new subcommittees on health care and education to replace the ones that had become inactive, but to date we have not received enough interest from professionals in these areas. The description of these subcommittees follows: we know that educators and health care professionals have been severely stressed by the pandemic and hope they will join us as they have the bandwidth to do so.
(7) Health Care (link coming soon)
The Long-Term Vision includes many goals that will become the focus of future subcommittees and work groups. The order in which these goals will be addressed will depend on a number of factors. These include, among other things: the Commission’s resources, the level of interest expressed by those in the broader autism community, the degree to which an organization representing many stakeholders is required, the political environment, and the logical sequencing of tasks so that foundational work is underway or completed before other tasks depending on them are begun. Perhaps the most important factor, however, is the existence of people who are highly motivated to solve a problem and are willing to persuade others to join with them in a collaborative process over time.