Connecting Activities: Navigating the Community


In this seventh session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of accessible and affordable housing options for people with disabilities, such as housing vouchers, Section 8, and anti-discrimination issues.
  • Understand the role and mission of Independent Living Centers.
  • Learn the importance of consumer directed personal assistance services.
  • Understand the basics of financial planning, including how to create and maintain a budget and how to plan for purchases.
  • Gain an understanding of the types of assistive technology available and how to use assistive technology to accommodate a variety of disabilities.


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Patrick Timony

Adaptive Services Division, DC Public Library

Rebecca Cokley

Executive Director, National Council on Disability

Elizabeth Jennings

National Disability Institute

Sakena McWright

Project Coordinator, Money Follows the Person, DC Department of Health Care Finance

Sonia P. Gutiérrez

Fair Housing Program Coordinator, D.C. Department of Housing & Community Development


Partial List of Resources on Housing and Independent Living

Fair Housing Act

Housing and Mortgages for People with Disabilities 

Section 811 Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities

Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

Independent Living Glossary of Terms


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Long-Term Project