The Heart of TACID
A Message From Our Staff and Board
We are writing this statement to recognize and acknowledge the people of color in our community who are unfairly burdened by grief, trauma and pervasive injustices. We stand in solidarity with you and aspire to be a source of support as co-agents of meaningful change in our country.
In the last several weeks, the difficult truths of enduring, systemic racism have been forced to the surface. The brutal, senseless death of George Floyd and countless people of color who have been victimized by racial motives have been painful and exhausting to witness. Nevertheless, we support those who peacefully and tenaciously voice their demands for legal, social and economic justice in the United States.
Our staff and Board understand that change requires self-reflection, examination, problem-solving and dedication. Last year, we undertook the first in a series of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings, to begin taking a hard look at our organization. We commit to this process as an ongoing endeavor. In the meantime, a staff Equity Group has been established to examine our hiring and employee policies for discriminatory, non-inclusive practices. Our Board has committed to diversifying its membership and is actively recruiting Black, Indigenous and People of Color from our community.
TACID’s mission is to promote the wellness, recovery and resilience of adults experiencing disabilities. In our work, we see the transformative effects of acceptance, inclusion and positive community. With hope and determination, we believe that everyone–no matter their ableness, color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientations, gender identity, and religious beliefs—deserves to experience acceptance, inclusion and positive community and to live a decent and meaningful life
- TACID Staff and Board of Directors
Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities' (TACID) mission is to promote the independence of individuals with disabilities through peer support, advocacy, and self-sufficiency programs.
TACID empowers people with disabilities to utilize their strengths and abilities to create and enhance the lives they choose through programs, community, and volunteering.
- Increase and diversify funding to optimize the future of TACID
- Strengthen TACID through focused board development and growth
- Create a way to provide secure, web-based support groups for individuals who cannot get to TACID due to the level of their disability and/or lack of public transportation
- Create a program specific to younger adults who are turning 18 and will no longer be eligible for the groups and activities they participated in prior to becoming an adult
In 2018, TACID served 2,148 participants and provided over 15,000 services!
We Need Volunteers!
There are so many ways you can support the work of TACID. When you volunteer to help with a variety of opportunities, we are able to focus and spend time on providing a wide range of activities, groups, workshops, and classes. Please consider taking time to share your gifts and talents with us.
Programs We Provide
TACID provides free programs for adults in Pierce County who experience physical, behavioral health, cognitive, or sensory challenges. Check out one of our programs to learn more.