What is a NAHAM Affiliate?
A NAHAM affiliate association is a group that is established at a state
or regional level to support the education and professional development
of access professionals. A state/regional affiliate association
operates independent of NAHAM; however, there is formal relationship to
NAHAM. NAHAM will provide support to the organization and the
state/regional affiliate association has the NAHAM
resources available to them.
The affiliate establishes a Board of Directors to ensure a structure to
sustain the activities of the association. Keep in mind, the Board of
Directors is a volunteer position and it is very rewarding to know that
you are helping in the advancement of the access profession for your
state or region.
Review the Affiliate Handbook for detailed information and feel free to ask us for assistance. In
creating an affiliate YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Your NAHAM Regional Delegate
and the NAHAM Ambassador are here to assist you to start and sustain
your association. An Affiliate Toolkit is being developed to provide
ease in the creation of an affiliate.
Key elements that are needed:
- Passion for the access field!
- Founders. A group of 4 – 5 individuals that want to create formal state or regional association.
- A kickoff meeting to discuss the structure. This is where your Regional Delegate and the NAHAM Ambassador can assist you.
- Any association has guidelines to follow. These are also known as bylaws. A sampling of guidelines (bylaws) can be provided to you. No need to re-invent the document.
Please contact your Regional Delegate today. Your commitment and dedication to the access profession is greatly appreciated!