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

Joseph Shapiro: Correspondent, NPR Investigations & Author of No Pity


Partial List of DC Resources

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

Community Involvement Reference Guide

Session 1 Community Involvement (due at Session 2)

2015 Long-term Project Reference Guide