You may remember references to the Standards in previous Thursday afternoon Reports to the Community. The Standards refer to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, the foundational document of Clubhouses throughout the world that are part of Clubhouse International.
In 1989, the first version of the Standards was developed at a conference in St. Louis. Thirty three years later, the Standards now include a Preamble and thirty seven principles for colleagues, a bill of rights for members, and code of ethics for staff.
Eight Categories of the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs
Functions of the House
Funding, Governance and Administration
Grand Avenue Club's commitment to the Standards has not diminished one bit since our founding in 1991. They direct our efforts at community building. We discuss them daily in our work units and at two weekly community meetings. They inspire us--and they connect us to thousands of our Clubhouse colleagues all over the world.
In 2014, 136 GAC colleagues participated in every aspect of the development of a 270 page book called "TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES CLUB HOUSE," which is typically referred to as the "TEACH Manual." The book contains detailed discussions about the Standards and issues for readers to ponder. It is also beautifully illustrated with the colorful and expressive art of GAC colleagues. Worldwide, we have sold 226 copies.
We are excited to announce that we are working on a new edition of the TEACH Manual. Since the international Clubhouse community reviews and revises the Standards every 2 years, the new TEACH Manual will contain these revisions finalized by the entire Clubhouse community next year.
We anticipate that publication will take place in Fall/Winter of 2023.