2016 Disability History, Public Policy, and Services

Competencies & Skill Sets

Partners will develop an understanding of:

  • The purpose of the DC Advocacy Partners Program
  • The connections between policymakers, policy influencers, and policy implementers
  • The history of attitudes and practices toward people with disabilities
  • The parent, self-advocacy, and independent living movements
  • The importance and impact of personal stories in providing testimony
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and related legislation

Partners will be able to:

  • Use person-first language and other preferred terms to refer to disability
  • Feel more comfortable speaking in front of a group of peers
  • Recognize who in DC and nationally plays a role in policymaking, policy influencing, and policy implementing
  • Recognize who is entitled to rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act


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Mathew McCollough, Executive Director, DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Alumni Panel

Judy Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State


Partial List of DC Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act Outline

Americans with Disabilities Act Question & Answer

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring, Chapter 3: The Disabilities Context, a NCWD/Youth publication

Disability Legislation, a NCWD/Youth publication

Self-Determination, Position Statement from The Arc and the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

Rights of People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) by the California Department of Developmental Services

People First Language by Kathie Snow

Identity First Language

Why I Dislike "Person First" Language by Jim Sinclair

Disability History Timeline by NCLD/Youth


Disability Language Activity

Iron Triangle Activity

Community Involvement & Long Term Project

Session 1 Community Involvement (due at Session 2 on February 19th )

2015 Long-term Project Reference Guide

Long-Term Project Hand In Sheet