Join us for a conversation with Edward Willard, an Alliance Board Member and disability rights leader.
Edward has three decades of professional disability advocacy experience. Together with his lived perspective as a person with significant Cerebral Palsy, this means he has incredible insight on using support services. Edward advocates for universal access to supports in one’s own home and community. He will share his ideas for how strengthening the self direction opportunities enables people to make the best use of this option.
This webinar promises to be interesting, interactive, and provocative, please join us!
Edward Willard was the director of Advocacy Supports at the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). He has personal knowledge of the delivery system, having experienced the full range of services available to people with disabilities. Edward has over 30 years of experience in the disability field. The majority of his work has been developing and conducting trainings about a variety of subjects related to people with disabilities. He worked at the Maryland Department of Disabilities as Director of Peer-to-Peer outreach. He started working at DDA coordinating training and advocacy for people receiving services in the New Directions Waiver. Then he became the statewide coordinator for the End the Wait NOW!! Campaign for people on the waiting list in need of services. In 2013 he returned to DDA as an independent advocate for self-directed services.
In October 2014 Mr. Willard was promoted to Director of Advocacy Supports at DDA. Outside of his responsibilities at The Developmental Disabilities Administration he was appointed to The Maryland Commission of Disabilities. During Willard’s 30-year career he cofounded 3 organizations in Texas. The most notable one is Everychild of Texas that put children with disabilities into homes with families instead of institutions. He is committed to supporting people with disabilities to have a life of their choosing. His seven nieces and nephews he refers to them as his “children” and takes great pride in them.