Supported Decision Making Training

Would you like to learn more about Supported Decision Making? We are hosting a session on Tuesday, August 21st at Tenleytown-Friendship Library where you can learn more!

You can learn about the new D.C. law on Supported Decision Making and how it affects you. Click on the flyer below to learn more about the sessions. If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP, please contact Jessica Bronson at: jbronson@dcqualitytrust.org.

 

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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.

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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 … Read More »

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

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The Importance of Keeping Promises

There is an old adage that says: “You’re only young once.” This is particularly true in the world of special education – children in school have only one chance to receive the education they need to successfully transition into adulthood. 

In 2014, the District of Columbia promised to improve special education for students with disabilities when it enacted a series of critical legislative reforms. The 2014 Special Education Reforms included, among other things, increased access to early intervention services, shortened wait times for eligibility evaluations, and … Read More »

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is recognized as  National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This tradition dating back to 1945 is meant to bring attention to the important contributions people with disabilities make in the workforce. The theme for 2017 is “inclusion drives innovation”. It was selected to highlight the many ways inclusion of people with disabilities results in innovative ideas for today’s economy. 

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Alternatives to Guardianship

Jessica Bronson joined Quality Trust in April 2017 as the new staff attorney under its Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP). She previously worked at George Washington University Law School, where she provided legal assistance to seniors and people with disabilities to help them access affordable health insurance and medical treatment.

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QT Supports the DC Disability Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

Quality Trust is part of a coalition of individuals and local disability rights organizations that strongly support D.C. Bill 22-0154, now known as the Disability Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017.  We are urging the D.C. Council to swiftly pass this legislation, as it will move the District forward in respecting the rights and dignity of all of its residents. 

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