Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in the 21st Century and Service Coordination


 In this second session of DC Advocacy Partners, partners will begin to understand:

  • What qualifies as a developmental and/or intellectual disability
  • The service coordination system and the services that are available in DC for individuals with disabilities and their families
  • What the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act affirms
  • The basics of testifying in DC hearings
  • The history and current status of the treatment of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)  in DC

Skill Sets

Partners will:

  • Become more comfortable speaking in front of their peers
  • Evaluate what makes for a “good” oral testimony on a particular issue
  • Map a seven month plan for their long-term projects
  • Describe components of the DD Act and how they impact people with I/DD


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Sue Swenson

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

Tina Campanella

Executive Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and Chair of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council


Session 2 Partial Resources List


Service Coordination

History & Evolution of the DD Actfrom the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

Fact Sheets on DD Council, Protection & Advocacy Organizations (P&As), and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and DD Act Section 109 (Rights) from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

DD Act Fact Sheet from the Association on University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and The ARC

Report on the Developmental Disabilities Act from the National Council on Disability (NCD)

About DC’s Developmental Disabilities Council from the DC DD Council

About DC’s Protection & Advocacy Organization from University Legal Services

About DC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities from Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

Developmental Disabilities Act Activity

Community Involvement

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Long-Term Project

Long Term Project Hand-in Sheet (due at March session)