About Us

The Alliance Story
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SINCE 2016

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports was established to ensure opportunities for people with disabilities to live fully-included lives of their own design through self-direction.

Our History

In September 2015, a group of advocates from across the country began meeting in response to a surge in public support for placing people with disabilities in segregated and gated communities that denied them human rights. The Alliance was founded in 2016 by advocates who opposed this move to greater segregation and isolation. These advocates wanted to organize to ensure that people with disabilities could freely determine where they’d live, who’d provide their services and supports, and how they’d pursue their own personal and career goals through self-direction.

The Alliance unifies people with disabilities, families, organizations, and advocates dedicated to advancing self-direction. We are an inclusive community that is not about one type of disability or identity, but that comes together in support of the shared commitment that everyone should be in charge of their own lives. Together, our members share their knowledge of how to promote and enable full lives and supports that are designed, implemented, and evaluated by the people receiving them.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

The Alliance is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities who wish to take charge of their lives through self-direction and those people and organizations that support them.

Man in wheelchair, Zack Weinstein, cradles his baby son, Theo, in his arms
Nicki Sebastian Photography
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5 Reasons Why

01. Make Connections

Be part of an inclusive community of people, families, and organizations that share your commitment to self-direction.

02. Keep Learning

Learn through webinars, newsletters, our resource hub and through stories of people self-directing their services.

03. Get Answers

Ask questions and advice of our experienced members and leaders.

04. Amplify Your Voice

We?ll provide you with tools and opportunities to advocate for self-direction and the human rights of people with disabilities.

05. Be A Pioneer

This is the best time to join the self-direction movement; we are growing rapidly every day as segregated facilities close across the U.S. and people realize the efficiency and efficacy of services that prioritize personal freedom.

The people that rock

Our Board Members

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Caitlin Bailey

Board Secretary
cebailey@udel.edu
Co-Founder of The Alliance
Marian Frattarola Saulino, a White middle-aged woman smiling

Marian Frattarola-Saulino

Board Chair
marians@viapa.org
Co-Founder of The Alliance
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Gail Godwin

Board of Directors
gail@sharedsupportmd.org
Co-Founder of The Alliance
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Nancy Weiss

Board Treasurer
Co-Founder of The Alliance
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Amanda Rich

Board of Directors
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Lydia X.Z. Brown

Board of Directors
lydia@autistichoya.com
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David (DJ) Savarese

Board of Directors

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Our updates will help you overcome challenges to self-direction through personal insights and stories from our members. You'll also have opportunities to advocate for and support expanding self-direction for all.