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Requests for Proposals

The vast majority of projects that the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) invests in are funded through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

During fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the DDC will fund three new programs:

  1. Policymaking and Advocacy (Partners in Policymaking);
  2. Self Determination and Advocacy, and
  3. Community Service and Recreational Opportunities.

The RFP process is now closed and applications are currently being reviewed and evaluated by the DDC. Descriptions of the three programs are as followed:

Policymaking and Advocacy (Partners in Policymaking)

The DDC is seeking a Contractor(s) to develop, implement, and conduct an Advocacy and Policymaking Training Program for adults with disabilities and parents of children with developmental disabilities ages 14 to 30. Through the Program, participants learn how to better utilize their self-advocacy skills to develop and foster positive partnerships with elected officials, school personnel and other individuals who are involved in the policy decisions surrounding services and programs that impact all District residents with disabilities. The Contractor shall develop the program and curriculum in accordance with the concepts, descriptions, and best practices as highlighted on the official Partners in Policymaking website www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/) and train and graduate a minimum of fifteen (15) individuals who shall successfully complete the inaugural training series.

Background

The Advocacy and Policymaking Training Program is a leadership-training program created for adults with disabilities and parents of children with developmental disabilities. Through the program, participants learn how to better utilize their self-advocacy and leadership skills to develop and foster positive partnerships with elected officials, school personnel, and other individuals who are involved in the policy decisions surrounding services and programs that impact all District residents with disabilities.

This program is about systems change and a vision of shared values about people with disabilities. It is based on the belief that the most effective and enduring public policy decisions are made by the people who need and use services in partnership with elected officials, school personnel and other policymakers. It is about all people with disabilities being included in their communities. This program is designed to provide participants confidence, utilizing the learned knowledge and information in a competent matter, and promoting welcoming, inclusive environments in sharing life experiences and expertise.

Self Determination and Advocacy Program

The DDC seeks a Contractor(s) to develop and implement a Self Determination and Advocacy Program with a minimum of fifteen (15) and no more than thirty (30) young adults and/or youths with developmental disabilities ages 14 to 30 participating and successfully completing the inaugural program. The Contractor will develop and implement a Youth Determination and Advocacy Program involving young adults and youths with developmental disabilities ages 14 to 30 in the District. The young adults and youths with developmental disabilities will be selected to participate and successfully complete the inaugural Youth Determination and Advocacy Program.

Background

The culture of America is strongly rooted in the individual's ability to exercise power, control, and influence within their community. Yet, people with disabilities throughout their educational experience and into their adult life are consistently limited or denied the opportunity to take risks and make decisions and therefore do not develop self-determination skills (Izzo, M.V. & Lamb, P., in press).Young adults and youths with disabilities should be empowered and given the skills to impact and direct their own futures and decision-making in such matters regarding where they want to go to school, work, and/or live in their community. The combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs that enables young adults and youths with disabilities to engage in person-centered, self-regulating behaviors as they deem fit is the very definition of self determination. Individuals with disabilities that have learned to effectively exhibit their self-advocacy skills are able to choose their own goals and actively pursue them. This process involves: communicating their needs and asserting their presence; constantly evaluating their progress and adjusting their performance to meet their goals, and developing creative and effective approaches to problem-solving.

Community Service and Recreational Opportunities Program

The DDC is seeking a Contractor to develop and implement a Community Service and Recreational Opportunities Program for District residents with developmental disabilities and their family members. While multiple factors impact an individual’s satisfaction with life, community service and recreational opportunities are major contributors to feelings of health, wellness and high quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Contractor shall establish memorandums of understanding with Serve DC, Department of Parks and Recreation, and other community stakeholders and identifying a minimum of forty (40) individuals with developmental disabilities participating in community service and recreational opportunities during the funding period of the Community Service and Recreational Opportunities Program.

Background

According to a National Organization on Disability survey (2004), individuals with disabilities felt 27% less satisfied with life than individuals without disabilities. When individuals with developmental disabilities do not feel satisfaction with life, their level of motivation to participate and contribute in the areas of the family, community, school, and work also decreases. As a result, poor health may also be a consequence for this particular community. Since individuals with developmental disabilities are more likely to feel less satisfied with life, this grant opportunity is designed to explore how participation in community service and recreational opportunities can benefit and contribute to feelings of satisfaction and overall wellness. While multiple factors impact an individual’s satisfaction with life, community service and recreational opportunities are major contributors to feelings of health, wellness and high quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.