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 policy influencers and 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:

  • Tell a three minute personal story as the first step towards being able to deliver testimony
  • Begin to use person-first language and other preferred terms to refer to disability
  • Feel more comfortable speaking in front of a group of peers


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Mathew McCollough

Executive Director, DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Bob Williams

Associate Commissioner, Social Security Administration’s Office of Employment Support Programs

Tina Campanella

Executive Director, The Quality Trust

Chair, DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Ron Smith

DC Advocacy Partners 2013 Graduate


Partial List of DC Resources

The Washington Experience: Taxonomy Activity–The Iron Triangle

Easy Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act

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

People First Language by Kathie Snow

Why I Dislike “Person First” Language by Jim Sinclair

Position Statement Self-Determination by The Arc and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

Identity First Language, an Autism Acceptance Month resource

Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities by the California Department of Developmental Services

Disability Legislation, a NCWD/Youth Publication

Disability Etiquette: Tips on Interacting with People with Disabilities by United Spinal Association

Power in Numbers: A Profile of American Voters with Disabilities by the Youth Transitions Collaborative

Disability History Timeline by NCLD/Youth


Icebreaker Activity

Telling My Story Activity

Community Involvement

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