Advocacy

Advocacy is the foundation of Quality Trust’s mission and the work we do for residents of the District of Columbia with developmental disabilities and for families who have a family member with disabilities. Quality Trust advocates work one-on-one with individuals and take the lead from them on what to focus on to meet their desired needs. Our advocacy is unique.  We make initial contact with each person and the person can choose to stop advocacy support at any point. Quality Trust advocates support the person to tell his or her story and empower the person to speak up and share their concerns.

Quality Trust advocates meet with the members they support as often as necessary to get to know them, their preferences and desired outcomes. They work with the family, government, and other stakeholders to keep the focus on the individual and what they desire.
Advocacy allows us to learn more about people with disabilities and the systemic issues in the city. We identify issues including healthcare education and life choice planning and offer disability support professionals best-practices training on how to better support people live positive, person-centered lives.

Highlights

  • Supported over 4,800 people with disabilities since the inception of the  program in 2003
  • Advocates are trained and knowledgeable of best-practice standards in supporting people with developmental disabilities
  • Provided assistance with finding employment, accessing services employment, residential moves, rights violations, and other important life issues

To make a referral or get more information contact: Jimi Lethbridge or call at 202-448-1455 (direct).

Family Training

Quality Trust staff offer a variety of practical training critical for improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. All activities are based on support inclusion, self-determination, and collaboration with existing organizations. Subjects are tailored to specific needs and requests and can include “What’s Next: Planning for Secondary Transition” and “Making Important Choices Throughout Life”. These and other topics are presented by instructors with many years of practical experience who are sensitive to the range of different family experiences and multicultural perspectives.

For more information or to make a request, contact: Tina Campanella or call 202-448-1442 (direct).

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