Applications Now Open for the Delaware Leadership Institute ~ January 2020!

Applications for the University of Delaware’s National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities to be held January 12- 17, 2020 are now open! Applications will be accepted through December 6, 2020. 

This week-long, intensive leadership development program is designed for current executive-level leaders and emerging leaders. Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

The focus of the Leadership Institute is on assessing and strengthening leadership skills, setting organizational direction, and understanding the future of the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. Institute participants come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the skills and values critical for quality, individualized supports.

Participants will learn the skills needed to: Succeed in leadership challenges unique to the developmental disabilities field today; Manage and sustain person-centered, values-based transformational change; Build and sustain positive organizational culture at all levels. Challenge the status quo through risk-taking; and, Set and achieve ambitious goals for yourself and your organization. For more information, click here!

Microgrant Application Review Team – Seeking Team Members!

Dear Members and Friends of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports,

We have been hard working on our Strategic Areas and establishing an application and award process for Microgrants is one of them!

We have heard from Alliance members that people who are using, or trying to use, self-directed services often need more support than what is available through self-directed waivers and personal income. We see no better way to support people with disabilities to exercise their rights and live fully included lives of their own design than to provide Microgrants for people to acquire or keep self directed services.

We are currently looking to assemble a Microgrant application review team. We predict that this committee will meet by phone, chat or web no more often than an hour per month. If you are a member of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Support and are interested in this role please contact Gail at with interest.

Thank you!

The Board of Directors of The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports,

Caitlin Bailey, Julia Bascom, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Kelly Friedlander. Gail Godwin, Sorretie Jaro, Jane Lawrence, Angela Martin, Uly Ramos, Amanda Rich, David Savarese, Nancy Weiss and Angela West

Congratulations Pat Carver!

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports congratulates Pat Carver on receiving the Tom Nerney Lifetime Achievement Award at the Self-Direction Conference. This award honors the memory of Tom Nerney, who was a pioneer in the self-determination movement.  Pat has been a tireless advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
From Pat’s nomination:
“Pat is one of the most compassionate, caring and intelligent advocates I’ve ever met. She has worked tirelessly for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, never, ever wavering on what she believes — that people with disabilities deserve the same freedoms and rights as everyone else.”

Support Broker Services and Self-Direction Continue to Grow in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Interest and advocacy from people directing their services and their family members has resulted in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities creating a workgroup to expand and promote the use of Supports Broker services. This diverse stakeholder group including a member of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, has developed an Introduction to Supports Broker Services agenda that’s being shared with the DDD community. Also happening is a two-day training session in May for those interested in becoming a Supports Broker. For those of you accepting and providing self-directed supports in New Jersey, stay tuned for more details! Pennsylvania continues to grow its Participant Directed Services. The Pennsylvania Supports Broker Network now included over 100 Certified Supports Brokers across the Commonwealth. People directing their services and their family members can use one of two Financial Management Service models, choosing either a local Agency with Choice organization or a Vendor/Fiscal Employer Agent. People wanting to move from group homes, who choose to self-direct their services can hire a Supports Broker to assist them with their transition. Many other positive aspects are happening, thanks to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs leadership, and of course to the people using services and their families who continue to advocate for their right to design and direct their services.
Check out this issue of Everyday Lives, Values in Action from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to find out more.

What is happening in your neighborhood, community, city, state, province, territory or country?

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports wants to hear from YOU!

British Columbia Leadership Institute
Logo with blue background. Text reads The British Columbia Leadership Institute Offered by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities and the University of British Columbia, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship Vancouver

Are you interested in becoming a leader, or a better leader, in your organization and the intellectual and developmental disabilities field? If so, the British Columbia Leadership Institute is a great opportunity for you. This intensive, week-long Leadership Institute is being offered in Vancouver, BC, June 10-14, 2019.

British Columbia Leadership Institute 2019 Flyer

Welcome New Board Members!

Sorretie Jaro
Picture of Sorretie Jaro, a young woman with dark hair, wearing a red shirt, smiling into the camera

My name is Sorretie Jaro. I first got started with being a Self-Advocate for People First of Washington when I finished high school in June 2012. Also, when I finished high school, I started being a member of People First Lilac Downtown Chapter in Spokane, WA and I was elected for Secretary for the chapter after when I was a member. Also, I’m currently the People First President of the chapter. I’ve also been a part of being on The Arc of Spokane board for a little while. It was a really good experience for me being a part of a great organization. I’ve also done some presentations with People First to present at some conference in Seattle WA, and agencies in Spokane WA. I plan on a double major I plan on majoring in Disability Law, also major in Business Administration. I plan to transfer to Eastern Washington University to study to become a lawyer and hopefully want to run my own organization and business to provide resources as an advocate as a person with a disability.

Jane Lawrence

Jane is a Senior Consultant at Applied Self-Direction. Throughout her career, she has
focused on identifying ways to build inclusive communities that support people with
disabilities to live full and meaningful lives. Jane has been a leader in providing training and technical assistance in person-centered planning to individuals, organizations, and government agencies. Her work as an independent consultant included agency and system re-design efforts, including HCBS providers and advocacy organizations. She was responsible for the development of fiscal support entity services within an organization and was recognized as an important contributor to regional discussions on self-direction. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater Arts from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and did graduate work in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.