Connecting Activities: Navigating the Community

Competencies & Skill Sets


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

  • Understand accessible and affordable housing options including Sections 8 and 811
  • Recognize the protections under the Fair Housing Act
  • Begin to explain what advance preparations may be needed before an emergency happens
  • Be able to summarize the role of Independent Living Centers
  • Identify the principles of independent living
  • Be able to describe disability rights and responsibilities related to public transportation
  • Recognize what gains have been made in public transportation for individuals with disabilities
  • Identify which DC and Federal agencies address issues related to disability discrimination in several of the “connecting activity” areas.

Skill sets

Partners will:

  • Model how to make an effective complaint to an agency or organization around a specific issue in a professional manner
  • Continue to polish their oral testimony skills
  • Apply knowledge of effective oral testimonies in order to critique their own testimonies and testimonies of their peers


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Shileta Gorham & Amber Keohane

DC Center for Independent Living 

Bryna Helfer

Director of Public Engagement, US Department of Transportation

Frank Roth

Director of the Office of Eligibility and Outreach, WMATA Department of Access Services

Sonia Gutierrez

Fair Housing Program Coordinator, DC Department of Housing and Community Development


Connecting Activities Internet/Phone Resources

Accessible Transportation: Taxis

Accessible Transportation: Paratransit

Accessible Transportation: Motorcoach

Emergency Planning (National)

Emergency Planning (Local): Be Ready DC from DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Independent Living Glossary of Terms

Supported Decision-Making: Decision Making Skills and Decision Making Supports from DC Quality Trust

Special Needs Trust from PACER Center

Fair Housing Act

Supportive Housing (Section 811)

Housing Choice Vouchers, adapted from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fact Sheet

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities, adapted from

The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective from the National Council on Disability

Housing Choice Voucher Program from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

WMATA Presentation

Community Involvement

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Long-Term Project

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