Living a Healthy Life


In this fifth session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will:

  • Know what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Improve their understanding of Medicaid and Medicare policies and advocacy.
  • Learn about the Olmstead Community Integration Plan and DC’s One Community for All.
  • Learn about healthcare and wellness systems, services, networks, and advocacy in DC, including services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Understand individual responsibilities for wellness and creating a healthy lifestyle for themselves.
  • Expand their skills for influencing change, both individually and as part of a group.
  • Increase their ability to plan multi-month projects, write goals and develop action plans, and design a presentation for the class graduation.


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Henry Claypool

Executive Vice-President, American Association of People with Disabilities

Derek Orr

Director, DC Office of Disability Rights

Barry Holman

Co-founder, Board President & Head Coach, Athletes Without Limits

Scepter J. Spainbey

National Instructor, In Our Own Voice, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Healthy Living Agencies and Organizations

ResourcesAffordable Care Actadopted from The White House Health Reform website

ResourcesAffordable Care Act, adopted from

ResourcesDC Medicaid, adopted from The District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance

Resources—Mental Health Parity, adopted from The Bazelon Center

Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access, A Report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Resources—Autism and Nutrition, adopted from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

Resources—Nutrition & Down Syndrome, adopted from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

Parent Brief: What does Health Have to Do with Transition? Everything! from the PACER Center

One Community for All: Olmstead Community Integration Plan from The District of Columbia’s Office of Disability Rights


Session 5: “Tell You What I Need” Activity


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Long-Term Project

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