Fall and Winter 2018 ~ Upcoming Webinars for Members! 

Trauma Informed and Trauma Responsive Services

October 18, 2018 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

Lead: Amanda Rich, PhD.

We at the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and in control in their own homes and in their own bodies. However, traumatic experiences such as abuse, violence, discrimination, separation from those we love and other events that make us feel scared and powerless can make it difficult to feel safe even long after the event has ended. Experiences with violence and other types of trauma are all too common for many people with disabilities and people who provide support services. Trauma-Informed and Responsive Services is a philosophy or way of approaching supports that promotes healing and works to prevent people from being harmed again. In this webinar, we will talk about trauma, its impacts and its relation to the service system. We will explore what it means to be Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive and how we can integrate these ideas into self-directed services in a way that helps all of us feel safe, in control and meaningfully connected. Content Warning: This webinar will discuss violence and abuse.

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Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports ~ New Member Welcoming Session!

November 14, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Lead: Nancy Weiss

As a welcome to new members ~ we will hold welcoming sessions to provide more information on the Alliance, get to know each other, share the member benefits, plans for the upcoming year and more!

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Moving From Awareness to Acceptance: Celebrate Neurodiversity!

November 15, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Lead: Angela Martin

Presenter: Alex Kimmel

Awareness campaigns are passe. Acceptance is where trust is present and success can thrive! Neurodiversity is the acceptance and celebration of those that operate other than what most of the world considers to be normal and to help society to realize no one really has the right to name what someone else’s normal should be. Acceptance celebrates our differences. Moving away from awareness to acceptance moves us from talk to actions. Acceptance comes about when each person’s individual wiring is respected. Workshop is interactive with participant involvement, humor, video clips.

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Quality Measurement and Assessment as a Social Justice Platform

December 18, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

Lead: Caitlin Bailey

In order to assure that people with disabilities have the autonomy and support to design their services and lives, we have to assure that measures of quality are designed and defined by people with disabilities. Quality measurement and assessment practices provide agencies and researchers with the opportunity to promote the rights of people with disabilities. This webinar will explore strategies to design, develop and implement quality assessment processes that align values and beliefs with measurement processes and outcomes. Led by a researcher and leader of an agency providing services and supports, the webinar will provide space to have an open discussion to share current practices and strategies that enhance quality measurement and assessment.

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Dear Alliance Board Members, General Members and Supporters,

We are asking for your assistance to widely share the attached Position Description for the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports’ Communications/Member Engagement Coordinator.

After a year of building the organizational infrastructure, completing a strategic plan and seeking input from all of you who supported our start up, we are thrilled to be able to contract with the right person to play an important role in the next stage of our development.  

We are looking for someone who is connected to the disability field, aligns with our values and is competent in using social media and other communication tools to best serve you, our members and supporters, as well as to engage with others who are looking to make a better life for themselves or others.

Please pass this announcement on to your networks, to listservs on which you participate and to anyone you think would be perfect for this role.

We appreciate your support and as always we look forward to building an organization that offers information, resources, and member-to-member support, all while challenging tradition and championing innovation in disability services and supports.

Looking forward,




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