As the Georgetown contract issue was building, in early July I wrote a post called, “Andy, You Need a Plan” (https://www.ddinwdc.com/2019/07/andy-you-need-plan.html), followed by another, “Dialogue and Advocacy” (https://www.ddinwdc.com/2019/07/dialogue-and-advocacy.html), about the roles of the D.C. government and the advocacy community in building a better future. I hope you’ll go back and re-read those as background to what I write here.
Although the Georgetown contract expired five weeks ago, the interactions between DDS and the advocacy community continue to reverberate, with, on the one hand, some groups meeting yesterday to plan a protest, and on the other, Andy Reese having reached out to the heads of key advocacy groups (myself included, as DD Council chair) for a confab late next week.
However, the past few months have demonstrated a need for a much broader dialogue, originating not with DDS but within the advocacy community, about the direction in which we need to move to ensure a more inclusive future in our city. THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL PLANS TO KICK OF THIS IMPORTANT DIALOGUE ON NOVEMBER 21, in conjunction with the Council’s regular meeting scheduled for that day. PLEASE PUT THIS DATE ONTO YOUR CALENDAR AND SPREAD THE WORD FAR AND WIDE – there will be more information to come here in my blog and on the DD Council’s website: https://ddc.dc.gov/ with respect to time, venue, agenda and so forth.
This will not be a one-shot deal. We foresee a visioning exercise that will hopefully attract more attention and ensure outreach to all ages and to cultural communities that have not yet been reached effectively in efforts up to now. The hallmark of this effort is to make it community-driven: by people and their families who live in D.C. and have a true stake in the outcomes. Please do what you can to spread the word, and plan to participate yourself as you’re able.