CALL TO ACTION
BILL 22-0154-CITIZENS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES CIVIL RIGHTS RESTORATION ACT OF 2017
Please support this important bill, which will have a hearing on June 15, 2017, before the Committee on Human Services. This bill promotes personal choice of people with disabilities and their families in two critical ways: (1) by reforming the antiquated civil commitment system for people with intellectual disabilities who want access to residential services; and (2) by formally recognizing supported decision-making, a less-restrictive alternative to adult guardianship.
SEE DOCUMENT ON FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: CIDCRRA FAQ
CLICK HERE to learn more about this campaign, see a statement from parent-advocate Molly Whalen, Executive Director of DC Association of Special Education.
We are lucky to be part of such an active and well-informed network and look forward to more engaged collaborations with families, self-advocates, advocacy organizations, researchers, lawyers, doctors, government agencies and law makers. The Inclusive Prosperity Coalition calls on these esteemed members of our community (dubbed, “the Village”) to join in a summer of engaging activities, training and celebrations that help bringing out isolation, families of children with disabilities.
Our current partners in programming and outreach efforts include:
- Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
- Deputy Mayor’s Office for Education
- Deputy Mayor’s Office for Public Safety and Justice
- Office of Councilmember David Grosso, Chair of the Committee on Education
- Office of Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee om the Judiciary
- Office of Councilmember Vincent Gray, Chair of the Committee on Health
- Office of Councilmember Brianna Nadeau, Chair of the Committee on Human Services
- Office of Councilmember Anita Bonds, Chair of the Committee on Housing and Neigborhood Revitalization
We also look forward to engaging all of our DC Council Ward members, as this is an all 8 Wards initiative!
Other key partnering organizations include: Advocates for Justice and Education, DC Education Coalition for Change, Empower DC, University Legal Services of DC and much more. Please, drop us a line if you’d like to join in our summer activities.
D.C. Committee on Education, DCPS Public Hearing
On April 27, 2017, The Inclusive Prosperity Coalition held it’s first public action campaign. Although the measure of our success comes down to what our esteemed leaders on the DC Council, particularly the Committee on Education chaired by Councilmember David Grosso, we are encouraged that our voices were heard. Check out our photos on our Facebook page and like us!
To watch the entire public hearing, click here. Our participation in this action would not have been possible without collaborations and participation from the following parents, community members and organizations that promoted the event or attended the hearing, including:
- Hashim Akil
- Sherri Bond
- Renee Davis
- Michelle Hawkins
- Doreen Hodges
- Chioma Oruh
- Tamalea Perry
- Jill Quinn
- Stefani Thangavelu
- Colleen Reynolds
- DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
- Members of Project ACTION
- Youth Advocates of RCM of DC
Organization (alphabetical order)
- Alight Supports, Inc.
- Children’s Law Center
- DC Center for Independent Living
- DC Fiscal Policy Institute
- Global Resources and Support, Inc
- Health Services for Children with Special Needs
- KEEN Greater DC Area
- Parent Advocate Leaders (PALS)
- Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
- Revitalizing Community Membership (RCM) of Washington
- Shepherd Park Parent Teacher Organization
- Takoma EC Parent Teacher Organization
- Virginia Cares
- United Nations Association – National Capital Area
- Quality Trust
- World Learning