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Organizations whose members are individual professionals or agencies associated with the arts who have affiliated for the purpose of fostering knowledge about and appreciation of artistic expression within their particular field, establishing standards of excellence, recognizing outstanding contributions, promoting career development, and otherwise supporting the interests of members. Members may include individual professionals (e.g., artists, singers, instrumentalists, actors, dance professionals, mime artists, conductors); organizations representative of the visual or performing arts or other arts fields (e.g., dance or theatre troupes, symphony orchestras, art museums, choral groups), or dealers, collectors, producers, distributors, arts facility managers or others working in the arts field or who are patrons of the arts.
Organizations that are responsible for regulating, coordinating and promoting athletic programs for children, youth and/or adults at the local, provincial, regional, national or international levels. The associations may focus on a particular sport (e.g., football, figure skating), may pertain to programs within particular types of institutions (e.g., high schools, colleges and universities), may focus on professional sports or may be structured to meet the needs of individual professionals associated with athletic programs (e.g., coaches, officials, sports writers).
Child Care Provider Associations
Organizations whose members are child care providers who have affiliated for the purpose of advancing the profession; promoting mutual interests; attending child care conferences; exchanging ideas with other practitioners in their field; obtaining access to technical assistance, information about best practices and other resources; and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development.
Organizations whose members are individuals who work in the disability field and have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in education and training conferences, interacting with other professionals and taking advantage of other opportunities for personal and professional development. Many disability associations also include individuals with disabilities and their families in their membership. Disability associations may also advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and their caregivers; promote legislation that funds research and services for this population; and provide information for members and the general public. Included are associations that focus on a specific disability such as autism or brain injuries; and those that address a broad range of disability issues.
Information and Referral Associations
Organizations, which may be international, national or regional in scope, whose members are information and referral programs and individual professionals in the field who have affiliated for the purpose of advancing the field, promoting mutual interests, participating in conferences, networking with their peers, subscribing to journals and other publications, and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development. Information and referral associations may also offer certification and accreditation programs, on-line training opportunities, access to professional tools and samples of best practices, and other resources that strengthen the ability of member individuals and organizations to serve their communities.
Organizations whose members are doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors or other medical professionals who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests and participating in medical seminars and conferences, subscribing to medical journals and taking advantage of other opportunities for professional development. Many medical associations set standards which relate to the qualifications and performance of members, accept and investigate complaints from the public regarding the practices of members and maintain referral services through which residents who require medical assistance are referred to members.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.