Connecting Activities: Navigating the Community

Competencies & Skill Sets


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

  • Accessible and affordable housing options including Sections 8 and 811
  • The protections under the Fair Housing Act
  • The role of Independent Living Centers
  • Disability rights and responsibilities related to public transportation
  • What gains have been made in public transportation for individuals with disabilities
  • Which DC and Federal agencies address issues related to disability in several of the “connecting activity” areas. 

Skill sets

Partners will:

  • Construct letters of compliments and complaints to decision makers on an issue of importance.
  • Apply knowledge of effective oral testimonies in order to critique their own testimonies and testimonies of their peers


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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


Partial List of Boards and Committees in DC (relevant to DC Advocacy Partners)


Partial List of Resources on Transportation

Taxicab Service: the Americans with Disabilities Act and You from Easter Seals Project ACTION

DC Taxi Press Release

Transportation Handbook for Parents and Guardians of Special Education Students by OSSE Division of Student Transportation


Partial List of Resources Housing

Accessible Housing for People with Disabilities

Fair Housing Act

Housing and Mortgages for People with Disabilities

Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

Housing Choice Voucher Program by Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Section 811 Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities

Fair Housing — Sonia Gutierrez’s Presentation

Emergency Preparedness

Partial List of Resources on Emergency Preparedness

Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities from FEMA

Be Ready DC from DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Independent Living

Partial List of Resources on Independent Living

About Independent Living from the National Council on Independent Living

Independent Living Glossary of Terms

Independent Living History from Access Living

Supporting and Assisting Decision-Making by People with Intellectual Disabilities by Quality Trust

Decision-Making: Planning & Supports by Quality Trust

The Special Needs Trust

Assistive Technology

Partial List of Resources on Assistive Technology

Community Involvement

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Long-Term Project

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