DSAIA Digest: February 2012

Tue, February 07, 2012 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Mile High Hires Self-Advocate


MHDSA 30 yr logoMile High DSA recently hired its first employee with Down syndrome. "After 30 years of service to the community and specifically programs that promote the inclusion, independence, and empowerment of those living with Down syndrome, we felt it was important for MHDSA to practice what we preach," said Mac Macsovits, MHDSA Executive Director. "We expect others in the community to hire, train, and employ those with Down syndrome, yet we were not doing that ourselves. The time had come to make this right."


An eight-month process included planning for long-term funding of the position and a vigorous hiring process including interviews by staff. Macsovits explained that an offer was made based on the needs of the organization, not the needs of the candidate. "This is a staff member," he said, "not a person with Down syndrome. This staffer has real responsibilities and is expected to perform.


For those groups considering adding an individual with Down syndrome to their staff, Macsovits offers this advice:


1) It can be a very difficult decision when you have multiple qualified candidates. Be prepared to make that decision.

2) You MUST have a specific job description with requirements. This is not a feel good position; you are paying someone to do a job.

3) Make sure that the parents understand this is not a "bring your parents to work" environment. The person must get to work themselves and complete their work themselves. Mommy & Daddy are not included in that other than possible transportation.

Does your organization have a self-advocate on staff? Tell us about it!

Learn From the Pros at DSAIA 2012

DSAIA is pleased to bring two profssional speakers to DC to present at the Friday and Saturday plenary sessions. Dr. Bev Browning, bestselling author, will present at the Opening Session on Friday morning. Her presentation entitled "Building Your Organizational Capacity as an Affiliate: Why It's So Important To Be Aggressive" will certainly start the conference off with a bang.

PamelaGrowPhotoSaturday morning's plenary speaker will be Pamela Grow, owner of Grow Consulting. Author, coach, copywriter and nonprofit marketing consultant, Grow segued from nearly seven years of working in programming and communications into the world of fundraising. She is the founder of #smNPchat on Twitter - the only Twitter chat geared specifically to the small nonprofit development shop - and she co-hosts Small Shop (a regular column of Fundraising Success Magazine). Her presentation is entitled "Doing It All and Doing It Well: Are You Focusing on What Matters?"

View the rest of the conference schedule on our Online Community site. Click here to register for the conference today!

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Board Development Series Continues


DSAIA's latest workshop series continues in February with Board Orientation, presented by Katherine Campbell. This webinar will focus on how to prepare your newly-recruited board members for their role as engaged leaders and supporters for your organization. We will explore the full range of information that should be covered in orientation, as well as creative options for format, timing, and who might be involved. Implications for long-term retention and accountability will also be discussed. The webinar will include a one-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q & A and is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st at 8 pm Eastern.


This month's presenter, Katherine Campbell, is the Executive Director at Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and owner of Skye Consulting. She is currently serving as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Virginia where she designs and teaches courses in the Nonprofit Management Certification Program. She specializes in assisting public and private nonprofit organization in accomplishing their mission through effective management of people and resources.


Four webinars will follow including:

  • Fundraising with Your Board
  • What Is the Role of Your Board?
  • Shared Responsibility & Accountability
  • Strategic Planning with Your Board

Encourage your entire board to register for this incredible opportunity! It's not too late to register. Those registering for the series will be given an opportunity to view previous webinars in the series (which will not be available online until June). A Certificate of Completion will be given to attendees at the conclusion of the series. To see a complete listing of the dates/times, visit the DSAIA website.

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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