Project ACTION! is a regional coalition of self-advocates and self-advocacy groups from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. ACTION! stands for Advocacy, Change, Training, Information, Organizing and Networking.
People with disabilities have many issues and concerns in common, including transportation, health care, jobs, safety, adult education, and others issues. After a popular adult education program was threatened with closing without notice, students gathered together to protest the budget cuts and quickly learned that there is strength in numbers! They learned they can accomplish more together than alone.
This strong community of self-advocates shares personal experiences of living with developmental disabilities – training and encouraging their peers to speak out on issues important to them. The groups motto, “Nothing About Us without Us,” is one Quality Trust fully endorses. Many members have joined boards, committees, work groups, and commissions that make decisions that affect their lives. Self-advocates meet to learn about their rights, update each other on important issues and events, practice speaking up and sharing their opinions, learn how to lead meetings, set priorities, provide and receive training and celebrate their achievements.
Project ACTION! meetings are held on Saturdays at Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities, located at 801 Buchanan Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017. Refreshments are provided.
For more information about Project ACTION! email Phyllis Holton or call her at 202-448-1458 (direct).