Written specifically for the USA-Iowa TOOLKIT - Spring, 2014
PURPOSE OF THE USA-IOWA TOOLKIT & HOW TO USE IT
SOME BACKGROUND -
In November 2012, PADS (Peer Action Disability Support) applied for a $30,000.00 grant from the Association of University Centers on disabilities (AUCD), to help local self-advocacy groups across Iowa move to the next step in their development. The original grant required us to help self-advocacy groups to become 501(c)3 non-profit organizations by the end of one year or to become stronger in their organizations (before we knew who any of the groups would be). Our grant was one of 5 grants accepted in the US, and PADS got to work in January of 2013. The project was to last for one year. We got a six-month, &quo;nocost&quo; extension to continue our work with local groups to go into June of 2014.
We noticed that no groups signed up for a class on Becoming a 501(c)3 at THE SUMMIT. After THE SUMMIT in May 2013, and our surveying of the groups, we quickly understood that most of the groups had more basic needs like:
After THE SUMMIT, with agreement from our funder (AUCD), who saw the issues as we did, we changed our strategies:
The ORIGINAL grant had four parts:
The REVISED grant has four parts:
The Management Team focused the contents of the USA-Iowa TOOLKIT on: Advocacy (including Self-advocacy and Community Advocacy) Leadership (in meetings and in the community), and Resources.
Written for the Preface of the TOOLKIT - Spring of 2014
THERE ARE FOUR PARTS TO THE TOOLKIT:
THE TOOLKIT - THE PURPOSE:
The purpose of the USA-Iowa TOOLKIT is to give you (the holder of this TOOLKIT), and others in your self-advocacy group, information so that:
HOW CAN THE TOOLKIT BE USED:
You can use the TOOLKIT anyway you feel works best for you! Here are some ideas for you:
Please see 1.02 - PRE-AUTHORIZATION