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Notes from our CEO

3/8
DD Awareness 2018

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” This year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have provided leadership for a national public campaign with a theme of See Me for Me! It is a challenge to all community members to look beyond the disability and recognize the talents and gifts that our fellow citizens with developmental disabilities have to contribute.

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News

   6/18  Victory in Advancing the “Right to Make Choices”
We are pleased to announce another victory for Supported Decision-Making in the District of Columbia!  For the first time in D.C., a guardianship of a senior has been terminated in favor of Supported Decision-Making, thanks to the work of Quality Trust’s Jenny Hatch Justice Project.  When people use Supported Decision-Making, they work with friends, family members, and others they trust to help them understand the situations they face, so they can make their own decisions. Please help us spread the word about this victory in advancing the “Right to Make Choices.” Click Here to read the press release: SDM June 2018
   5/18  Landmark Law Advances the Rights of D.C. Residents with Disabilities
We are pleased to announce that the District of Columbia now has a new law that recognizes and promotes the decision-making rights of its residents who live with disabilities! The Disability Services Reform Amendment Act of 2018 became official law on May 5, 2018.  This important law will move the District forward in respecting the rights and dignity of all of its residents by reforming civil commitment for people with intellectual disabilities, recognizing Supported Decision-Making Agreements across the lifespan, and requiring the DC Department on Disability Services to create a formal complaint process that can be accessed by people receiving services and supports from the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Read more
   3/30  NCD Beyond Guardianship Report
So excited to share the new report from NCD on decision-making and people with disabilities that Quality Trust had the privilege to assist with. NCD did a great job of framing the human rights and self-determination issues associated with over-reliance on guardianship as a preferred support for decision-making. This will help advance the national conversation on Supported Decision-Making and expand options for people. Please take a moment to look at the report here: https://ncd.gov/publications/2018/beyond-guardianship-toward-alternatives

Events

   4/25  Save the Date: 2018 Summer Breeze Gala

We are very excited to announce that our 2018 Summer Breeze Gala will be on Sunday, July 29th from 5:30-9:30pm at District Winery!

To purchase individual tickets, please click here. If you would like to be a Gala Benefactor, please click here

As we are preparing for the Gala, we are looking for corporate sponsors along with silent auction items. Silent Auction items could include anything from theater tickets, certificates for dinner out on the work, to spa treatments.

If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor, a gala benefactor, or providing a silent auction item, please contact Courtney Clark at cclark@dcqualitytrust.org or 202-459-4013 (direct). To see photos from last year’s event, please click here!

We look forward to seeing you at District Winery!

   3/30  Better Together Reception 2018 Photos

Thank you to everyone who attended our Better Together Reception at Lucky Strike Bowling on March 8th, 2018! We had a wonderful time with everyone. Photos are now available on our Facebook page, please click on the following link to view all photos: Facebook Album

   2/22  Better Together Reception 2018

 

We are very excited that this year we will be hosting our Better Together Reception at Lucky Strike Washington DC! Join us on Thursday, March 8th to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and how much better our communities are when we are all together!

Thank you to our sponsors Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs, Tom Raffa, and Polinger Company! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to a successful event!

 

To purchase your tickets, follow this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BTR2018

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