In this first session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will:
- Increase their knowledge of the history of people with disabilities;
- Learn about the disability rights movement in America and in Washington DC;
- Be able to describe the history of attitudes toward people with disabilities, laws, programs, and services for people with disabilities;
- Be able to describe the role and contributions of the parent/family movement;
- Be able to describe the history of the self advocacy and independent living movement; and,
- Learn and be able to describe the purpose of DC Advocacy Partners program.
Executive Director, DC Developmental Disabilities Council
Disability Rights Leader and Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State
Paralegal and DC Advocacy Partners 2012 Graduate
Executive Director, Quality Trust
Co-Chair of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council and DC Advocacy Partners 2012 Graduate
Public Affairs Specialist, National Council on Disability
Models of Disability and The Disabilities Context, excerpted from Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring, a NCWD/Youth Publication
The Washington Experience: Taxonomy Activity
A primary goal of DC Advocacy Partners is to make sure you have the opportunity to learn about disability policy, effective methods of being part of the decision making process and influencing policy, and meeting others who share your interests, concerns and dedication to improving the lives of people with disabilities living in DC. Homework is part of the learning process and will help you become a more effective advocate. The homework assignment for Session 1 is below.