Saturday, September 21, 2019

Keep Celebrating Direct Support Professionals!

Before getting to my main message, I want to let you know that anyone who was unable to attend the D.C. statehood hearing live can view it here:  The hearing was amazing, and a historic moment in the movement toward recognition of the full rights of D.C. citizens with and without disabilities.  The turnout was tremendous – two overflow rooms and also hundreds in Spirit of Justice Park.  Unforgettable.

I’ve written a lot recently about direct support professionals, and among other things I mentioned a film called “Invaluable,” created at the University of Minnesota, which I saw this summer at the NACDD conference of councils on developmental disabilities in New Orleans .  I’m thrilled to say that there is going to be a free local screening of this movie by the national Arc on October 12, 4-6:30 P.M., and you can RSVP to attend it here:  It will be happening at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St NW, where the Arc’s national conference is also taking place – but you don’t need to register for the conference in order to attend the film (and free reception), so sign up today for this very timely show!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Wondering where to meet up tomorrow for the D.C. statehood hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives?  You've found it!

Be there at 9:15 to stand with your D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council ( in favor of D.C. statehood!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


I’ve written in earlier posts about the hearing on September 19 (next week!) in the U.S. House of Representatives on Representative Norton’s D.C. statehood bill.  The hearing will start at 10:00 in the Rayburn House Office Building, and more information can be found here:  .

It’s so important for as many D.C. residents and other supporters of D.C. citizens’ rights to show up and demonstrate that people care about democracy for the District!  And having a good crowd of local disability advocates would be an especially strong statement that REAL PEOPLE live in D.C. and WE DESERVE OUR RIGHTS!

The accessible entrance for the Rayburn Building is at the horseshoe drive on South Capitol St. SW.  Join me there by 9:15 on the morning of Thursday, September 19 so we can make a visible difference in support of D.C. statehood!  Show Up for D.C. and bring your friends!

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