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What is an Affiliate Association?

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!

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