CTIIS Operational Rules

October 15, 2013

Council on Technology and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Service Operational Rules

The Council on Technology and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Service (hereinafter referred to as the CTIIS) is established as an integral unit of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (hereinafter referred as the Association).

Section I. Mission
The mission of the Council on Technology and Innovation In Interdisciplinary Service is to:

  1. Identify the mutual needs, issues and effective use of technology and innovative practices in UCEDDs, LENDs and IDDRCs providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  2. Promote collaborative actions across the network in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of service delivery through the use of technology and innovative practices.

Within the AUCD network interdisciplinary services may include a variety of direct services, supports, and assistance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Services provided through the network can be provided by professionals, paraprofessionals, direct support professionals, students, or other personnel in a wide variety of settings and related to various topics. These services could be related to a wide array of areas, such as early intervention, education, childcare, health, employment, housing, community living, social inclusion, self-determination, self-advocacy, transportation, recreation, independence and other areas. Included in the category of Services are both direct clinical Services and community-based intervention.

Goals of the CTIIS are to:

·         Serve as an assembly and forum that provides for the identification and discussion of issues pertaining to the use of technology and innovative practices in service delivery.

·         Function as a representative voice for service providers, and disciplines seeking to improve Services and Service delivery systems, within the AUCD network through the use of technology and innovative practices.

·         Share resources and exemplary service programs and innovative practices related to the use of technology developed and used by UCEDDs, LENDs and IDDRCs  across the nation.

·         Influence service development by identifying best-practice and/or research/evidence based practices.

Section II. Functions

The CTIIS shall perform the following functions:

  1. Provide the Board of Directors of AUCD, through its officers, with the perspective and present recommendations of the CTIIS. Initiate and maintain responsibility for planning and implementing programs on Services and Service provision at seminars and workshops and general meetings of the AUCD.
  2. Establish committees as needed to carry out the various functions of the CTIIS, avoiding duplication with the committees and other councils of the AUCD.
  3. Work cooperatively with Association's standing and ad-hoc committees, assisting them in recruiting CTIIS delegates whose backgrounds suit the respective committee tasks.
  4. Provide consultation, on request, to member units of the Association on aspects regarding technology and innovation in services.

Section III. Composition

The CTIIS' composition shall be as follows:

  1. The Council on Technology and Innovation In Interdisciplinary Service shall be composed of representatives from each AUCD member program in good standing. CTIIS members are designated by that Center Director and people who best represent the overall interests of that Center related to technology and innovation in services.
  2. The delegate will be a member of the CTIIS for as long as they are the designated as such by their Center Director.

Section IV. Delegate Duties

  1. Represent their Center by offering their perspective on the CTIIS.
  2. Participate in the CTIIS activities (e.g. listserv, web portal, blog, conference calls, webinars) and attend the in person CTIIS meeting at the AUCD Annual Meeting (whenever possible).
  3. Provide input for the AUCD meetings/programs.
  4. Identify and share information to CTIIS members about innovative practices and the use of technology throughout the AUCD network.

Section V. Officer Elections

  1. All current CTIIS delegates are eligible to be nominated to serve as officers.
  2. The CTIIS shall elect the following officers: Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Past Chair. Terms of office shall begin immediately following the annual AUCD meeting.
  3. Elections of officers to the CTIIS shall be as follows:
    1. Election for officers will be held in the months leading up to the annual meeting. The CTIIS Chair will be responsible for sending a communication in July to all delegates.
    2. Nominations for open officer vacancies will be solicited. The time of nomination will be no later than September.
    3. Each slate shall include more than one candidate wherever feasible.
    4. Ballots will be prepared by the Chair and distributed via a web survey. The election process should be completed by October 1.
    5. A Chair-Elect will serve a one-year term and be elected at the end of the second year of the Chair's three (3) year term. The Chair-Elect will then assume the Chair's position for a three-year term.
  4. Terms of Office:
    1. A Chair for a three (3) year term.
    2. A Vice Chair for a one (3) year term or until they move into the Chair.
    3. A Secretary for three (3) year term.
    4. A Past Chair for a three (3) year term.
  5. The CTIIS Chair will serve on the AUCD Board of Directors for a term of three (3) years.

Section VI. CTIIS Steering Committee

  1. The CTIIS Steering Committee shall be composed of the Chair, the Past-Chair, Chair-Elect and the Secretary.
  2. The Steering Committee is empowered to conduct the business of the CTIIS consistent with the bylaws and other policies set forth by the AUCD.

Section VII. Officers' Duties
The CTIIS Chair shall:

  1. Plan and conduct all meetings of the delegates and all meetings of the Steering Committee.
  2. Develop and disseminate the agenda of the member meetings and all meetings of the Steering Committee.
  3. Be responsible for advancing the functions of the CTIIS as set forth in these operational rules.
  4. Serve on the Association Board of Directors
  5. Report to the CTIIS the business of the Association Board of Directors.
  6. In the absence of the Chair, the Chair-Elect shall conduct the meeting and act as functional chair.

The Vice Chair shall:

  1. Take over the responsibilities of Chair if the Chair should become temporarily or permanently unable to serve in the capacity as Chair  or is no longer be employed at an AUCD member program.

The CTIIS Secretary shall:

  1. Keep and distribute minutes of all meetings of the CTIIS and Steering Committee.
  2. Perform all duties usually pertinent to that office.

The Past Chair shall:

  1. Participate in the Steering Committee.
  2. Provide advisement to the Council Chair and Chair-Elect;

Section VIII. Vote

  1. At the Annual Meeting, each CTIIS delegate present will have one vote at a meeting of the CTIIS.
  2. Electronic voting is permitted. Each CTIIS delegate will have one vote.