For historical reasons, when DAAS was first set up as a company to attract funding, the Voluntary Directors were the only people who were, and are, officially able to sit on the board and make decisions for DAAS. This is something we have been wanting to change for some time. So from the beginning of April 2011 we are extending the opportunity to become a fully-fledged member of DAAS to a much wider range of people.
For a nominal annual sum we hope many of you will want to join us and put your support on a more formal basis. This will give DAAS a more powerful voice when pressing for change and you will have the opportunity to shape the way DAAS is run and the direction in which it applies its limited resources. We hope that a larger and wider membership within the Dorset area will give greater weight to our requests for improvements in the way services are provided for people with Asperger's and their carers. There will be better opportunities for raising awareness of the condition, of how it affects people's lives and how those with Asperger's want to be treated.
Membership brings with it the right to vote, to say who you want to represent you and to say what you like or dislike about the way things are run, with the possibility of bringing about change. At the moment there are only four of us charged with making the decisions about how DAAS operates and we would love to spread the load a little more. At a later stage we hope to provide a special members only section of the website, giving you inside and up-to-date information. On the social side we would like to hold seasonal members events, bringing together members from all parts of the County, to share, support and relax together.
Membership forms are available at our regular meetings in Bournemouth and Dorchester, or you can download one here. If you are renewing please download this version. Completed forms and membership fee may be handed in at any DAAS meeting or posted to the address on the form. Please return the whole of the form. In the case of Family Membership a separate form should be completed for each family member included.
The Annual Reports of The Directors
They give an overview of the work we have been doing during the year and can be downloaded by clicking on the year below.Report for 2011
Nomination PaperIf you wish to nominate at the AGM a Voluntary Director and/or submit a motion please download and use this form Nomination Form for 2016