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Celebrating Nancy Weiss’s legacy with the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities

Nancy Weiss has worked for over forty years to transform the disability field, and is now retiring from the Leadership Consortium which she co-founded.

Latest NewsAugust 23, 2021latest-news
No Turning Back the Clock on Disability Justice: A Response to David Axelrod

David Axelrod’s NY Times Op-Ed, which promotes large, congregate settings, has the potential to “turn back the clock” on disability rights and justice.

BlogAugust 19, 2021blog latest-news
Event June 10: Growing Self-Direction from the Ground Up

Learn about how we are growing a national community for self-direction, and how can you become an essential part of this national community.

Latest News, WebinarsMay 4, 2021latest-news webinars
Register for DJ Savarese’s Poetry Workshop

Latest News, UpcomingApril 21, 2021latest-news upcoming
DJ Savarese on Developing Self-Directed Supports in College (Webinar Recording)

DJ Savarese describes the self-directed supports he used at Oberlin College as their first alternatively-communicating autistic student.

Latest News, Self Direction Spotlight, WebinarsFebruary 20, 2021latest-news self-direction-spotlight webinars
March 13 Fundraiser Film Screening of “Deej” and Q&A with DJ Savarese

On March 13, 2021 at 3pm ET, for a screening of the film “DEEJ: Inclusion Shouldn’t be a Lottery” followed by a meet and greet with co-producer, narrative commentator, Alliance Board member, and subject of the film, David James “Deej” “DJ” Savarese.

WebinarsFebruary 8, 2021webinars latest-news
Lateef McLeod Meet and Greet Feb 27 2021

Please join us for this meet-and-green Q&A with our board member Lateef McLeod. Lateef is a writer, scholar, performer, and self-advocate who self-directs his services and supports. He’s a leader in the field of advocating for the accessibility needs of those who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), including himself.

Latest News, WebinarsJanuary 30, 2021latest-news webinars
Caroline Signore Self-Direction Q&A (Webinar Recording)

On November 21, 2020 Caroline Signore shared her experience with self-directing her supports as a disabled, tetraplegic woman, and offered tips to make self-direction work for you.

WebinarsDecember 30, 2020webinars latest-news
Self-Advocacy through theater: Lateef McLeod stars in Sins Invalid’s “We Love Like Barnacles: Crip Lives in Climate Chaos”

Blog, Latest News, Self Direction SpotlightNovember 17, 2020blog latest-news self-direction-spotlight
Self-Direction Spotlight with Caroline Signore

Caroline gives advice on managing support staff and building natural supports with friends and people in your community. She believes that when people help each other, it brings them closer together and strengthens connection. She is the Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Research, at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Blog, Latest News, Self Direction SpotlightOctober 10, 2020blog latest-news self-direction-spotlight
The Intersectionality Imperative in Disability Inclusive Emergency Management

It is imperative that emergency managers and planners not only include the disability community in its plans, before, during and after a disaster or emergency, but include disabled from marginalized communities such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ, religious minorities such as the Muslim community and, of course, women.

Blog, Latest NewsSeptember 8, 2020blog latest-news
Welcome to our five new Board Members!

Blog, Latest NewsSeptember 8, 2020blog latest-news
Continuing the Legacy of 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Alliance seeks to build an organization that furthers the ADA by supporting people with disabilities and their allies in taking and sustaining control over their lives. 

Blog, Latest NewsJuly 25, 2020blog latest-news
When Colors Get Along: Self-Direction Spotlight with Mara Clawson

Mara is an artist who runs her own business that she named “When Colors Get Along.” She makes art because, as she describes, “art makes me happy and gives me lots of courage. My body cannot make tears. So, my pictures tell how I feel.”  She likes making people happy with her art by sharing “how I see the world.” Artwork above is Finding Ways to Keep the Water Clean © 2019 Mara Clawson

Blog, Latest News, Self Direction SpotlightJuly 25, 2020blog latest-news self-direction-spotlight
The Alliance Joins Statement with 500 LGBTQ Organizations Supporting #BlackLivesMatter

Blog, Latest NewsJune 3, 2020blog latest-news
Solidarity Statement with #BlackLivesMatter

The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports offers our support and solidarity to Black communities against systemic racism, white supremacy, and oppression that manifest every day in the United States

Blog, Latest NewsJune 3, 2020blog latest-news
The Alliance Joins Joint Statement on Human Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities

People with disabilities have the same civil and human rights as their peers without disabilities. Those rights are not modified, lessened, or “balanced” against other considerations because of their support needs.

Blog, Latest NewsMay 19, 2020blog latest-news
Webinar Recording and Slides — Access to Integrated Employment: Outcomes, Services, & Opportunities May 7

View Slides and Recording for our May 8 2020 Webinar hosted by the Institute for Community Inclusion

Latest News, WebinarsMay 8, 2020latest-news webinars
Webinar Recording and Slides — Strategies for Responsiveness to Citizens with Disabilities in the Time of COVID-19, May 1 2020

This webinar was led by Edward Willard who has dedicated his career to improving services and advocacy opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

WebinarsMay 1, 2020webinars latest-news
Honoring The Legacy of Autistic Advocate Mel Baggs

We’re mourning the loss of Mel Baggs, an autistic advocate for who helped push for a broadened understanding of humanity and communication.

Blog, Latest NewsApril 30, 2020blog latest-news
Board Member Nancy Weiss Honored by the National Historic Recognition Project

Nancy Weiss was recognized in the 2020 National Honors Recognizing Significant Contributions in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. by the National Historic Recognition Project.

Latest NewsApril 28, 2020latest-news
How Service Agencies Should Address COVID-19 (Webinar)

On Tuesday, March 24, we hosted a webinar to discuss actions and planning processes that service provider agencies can implement during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latest News, WebinarsApril 4, 2020latest-news webinars
Status and Trends in Financing Supports and Services

Recorded April 3, 2020, this webinar was led by the State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Project, which analyzes 40 years’ worth of public financial investments in services and supports for people with IDD in the United States.

Latest News, WebinarsApril 3, 2020latest-news webinars
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Declaration on COVID-19

Our Organizational Member Applied Self Direction sent this update to their membership, and we encourage …

Latest NewsMarch 17, 2020latest-news
Building Self-Confidence Through Self-Direction

For Jason Ross, self-direction wasn’t easy. It meant overcoming failure through perseverance. And it gave him confidence to take charge of his life.

Blog, Latest News, Self Direction SpotlightDecember 25, 2019blog latest-news self-direction-spotlight
Ending Institutionalization of People With Disabilities in Pennsylvania

We support the closure of the White Haven and Polk centers, which deny basic freedoms to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Our member Robert Zotynia and board member Marian Frattarola-Saulino testified at a recent community hearing in White Haven.

Blog, Latest News, Self Direction SpotlightNovember 16, 2019blog latest-news self-direction-spotlight
Self-Direction Spotlight: Paddleboarding, Pizza, and Community

Blog, Self Direction SpotlightOctober 3, 2019blog self-direction-spotlight latest-news
We’re presenting at the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference!

Attend the Alliance’s session on self-direction and self-determination at the 2019 HCBS Conference on Thursday, August 29 at 11:30am

BlogAugust 27, 2019blog latest-news
My Self-Direction Journey: An Interview with Robert Zotynia

Robert Zotynia is a member of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports who has found that self-direction has helped him live a more fulfilling life.

Blog, Latest News, Self Direction SpotlightJuly 23, 2019blog latest-news self-direction-spotlight
Grounding Ourselves in Disability Justice for Queer Liberation

Disability Justice is an intersectional imperative for our liberation.

Blog, Latest NewsJuly 3, 2019blog latest-news