OCASD SUBCOMMITTEE PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES
(Rev. 5/7/2021 JB)
There is a lot of work that 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 2021.
The current priority projects are divided into five subcommittees: (1) Professional Training; (2) Navigating Life with Autism; (3) Screening, Identification, and Assessment; (4) Interventions for ASD; and (5) Education. One or more projects is listed under each subcommittee. Once the subcommittees are established, their members will have the opportunity to refine each subcommittee's scope of work.
Subcommittees Launching in 2022 and beyond. Our Strategic Plan calls for launching two additional subcommittees in 2022 or shortly after: (1) Health Care and (2) Social Services and Adult Supports.
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
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.
2021 Subcommittee Recruitment Timeline:
April-July 15: Recruit subcommittee chairs and members
July 15–August 30: Orient subcommittee chairs and members
September 1 onward: Subcommittees set regular meeting schedules and begin meeting
Potential Future Subcommittees 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.