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DC Advocacy Partners

Thursday, September 3, 2015
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The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is seeking a diverse group of highly-motivated and enthusiastic men and women to participate in the fifth class of DC Advocacy Partners (DC AP).  DC AP is a free nine-month leadership training program designed to develop and train self-advocates, family members of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and professionals working with people with disabilities in the policymaking, influencing, and implementing processes. DC Advocacy Partners is funded by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council. Here’s a little more information:

  • DC Advocacy Partners classes, meals, transportation, and childcare/respite are at no cost to selected participants.
  • Participants must be 18 or older and either have an intellectual and/or developmental disability or be a family member of someone with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. A limited number of professionals working with people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities will also be accepted. All participants must also be DC residents.
  • Participants must be able to make a commitment to attend nine day-and-a-half sessions (Friday evening and Saturday once a month) between January 2016 and September 2016. They also must commit to completing all assignments and keeping the DC AP staff informed as to their advocacy activities after graduation in September.
  • Topics to be addressed will include Disability History and Services, Inclusive Education, Integrated Employment, Community Organizing, Local and Federal legislation, and more!
  • Applications are due November 16, 2015.

We would greatly appreciate your support by sharing this announcement and the attached application with anyone you think would benefit from the training. For further information, visit For questions, please contact Dana Fink, at [email protected] or 202-822-8405 x132.