Quality Trust assists people with developmental disabilities to be safe, healthy and valued. Our vision is a community where everyone is respected and contributes--regardless of their abilities or differences.
Why do we exist?
There are thousands of residents of the District of Columbia with developmental disabilities* who need advocates to get the services they require; or legal advocacy and education to ensure that justice is delivered; and monitors to watch the level of care and treatment delivered daily in residents and day centers; training for direct support providers and an independent voice for and with people with DD.
* These conditions include autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental retardation, brain injury and other neurological impairments. The limitations from these conditions include self-care, language, learning, mobility, capacity for independent living or economic self-sufficiency.
What have you accomplished?
Quality Trust 2002 – 2009
Quality Trust’s advocacy, monitoring, legal and family support work has:
Touched the lives of more than 2500 people with DD in different ways
Increased the profile and presence of people with DD throughout our community
Staunchly defended and promoted the rights and capability of people with DD
- Established Annual DD Awareness Month Celebration as a collaborative event supported by local advocacy groups and people with DD and their family members are featured speakers
- Established QT Annual Meeting and Awards with at least 50% QT members and families in attendance – people with DD are recognized for their accomplishments as are others who have provided unique support
- Testified at DC City Council – every year and every hearing on DDA – on the status of people with DD
- Produced Beyond Forest Haven Video in collaboration with Arc, DD Council and Georgetown UCEDD
- Co-Led DC state team for Alliance for Full Participation to create a unified advocacy agenda
- Advocated for changes in local law (2-137) including eliminating “commitment”
- Established person centered advocacy as a benchmark and model for how to interact and support people with DD
- Advanced the concept of Supported Decision Making by:
- Challenging and changing the Guardianship law
- Defending individual capacity
- Identifying alternatives to guardianship
- Used Partnership for Change project to demonstrate change was possible and define the local barriers to systemic change
- Created the Family Empowerment Center – providing direct support for families and advancing commitment to family support
- Created Shared Horizons – an independent nonprofit operating pooled special needs trusts
- Established person centered monitoring processes based on national standards of practice as an alternative to traditional methods of compliance surveys
- Promoted the use of DD Nursing Association national practice standards through individual reviews and training
- Led charge for reform of the Medicaid Waiver serving on committees and in leadership roles
- Provided training and technical assistance to attorneys and magistrate judge on issues affecting people with DD through conversations, one on one technical support and monthly Brown Bag trainings
- Created End of life planning process and capacity to train locally – this process has been published by AAIDD and is now being used nationally
- Established an annual Direct Support Professionals Conference (3rd conference this year) and developed provider commitment to supporting this event
- Partnered with Project Action and self advocates to increase leadership opportunities for people with DD
- Filed as Amicus in Evans case to ensure remedy was responsive to all people with DD in DC
- Filed several amicus briefs in individual cases which have implications for the way the Court views the rights of all people with DD
ADVOCACY …. EDUCATION …. PARTNERSHIP …. ACTION!