When I circulated my new page about changes in the DC council last month (https://www.ddinwdc.com/p/members-of-d.html), I expected to follow up quickly with another blog post. But my life hit some rocky times, and here I am six weeks into the New Year with an urgent event looming. So let me be brief, and focus your attention on this week’s performance review hearing on DDS, ODR and the new Mayor’s Office of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing (MODDHH), February 16 at 2 p.m. via Zoom. (This page - https://www.ddinwdc.com/p/blog-page.html - tells you about key terminology and organizations in the DC disability world.) Each speaker will have 3 minutes to speak, but you can submit written testimony in addition.
SIGN UP HERE, BY TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 13 TO TESTIFY "IN PERSON" (via ZOOM) ON FEBRUARY 16: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxEOds_QVzkjURJa6GK3eW6s1Don1Em54nVd2KA-90gREgQw/viewform
My focus here is on DDS. This hearing is especially important because the new chair, Councilmember Janeese Lewis-George, and many others on the Committee on Facilities and Family Services (CoFFS), are relatively new to disability issues, as are many committee staff (see https://www.ddinwdc.com/p/members-of-d.html). As you prepare your testimony (contact Alison Whyte at the Developmental Disabilities Council - Alison Whyte (email@example.com if you need help), think about these issues:
These are some issues receiving attention from DC advocates at this time - you may have others you’d like to address. What’s important is for Councilmember Lewis-George and others on the council to know we’re here, interested and engaged. SIGN UP! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxEOds_QVzkjURJa6GK3eW6s1Don1Em54nVd2KA-90gREgQw/viewform