Disability Advocacy Support Hub (DASH)
The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) issued a request for proposals (RFP) “To fund a statewide grassroots advocacy training and technical assistance project that will provide information dissemination, coalition building, networking coordination, training, technical assistance, and consultation to people with developmental disabilities of all ages so that they may increase their capacity to create positive change within their communities and across Pennsylvania.”
Intrigued by the task that the Council had laid out, the Disabilities Rights PA (DRP) joined together with consultants George Taylor and Terry Roth to submit a proposal. For more than thirty years, DRP has been the organization designated by the Commonwealth under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act to protect the rights of and advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. George Taylor worked on a prior Council-funded program to provide support to grassroots organizations. Terry Roth is part of the Council-funded Policy Information Exchange (PIE) to inform the disability community about what’s happening in the policy-making arena and to inform policy makers about the work and interests of the disability community.
Our goal is to assist disability advocacy groups make positive changes in their communities and across Pennsylvania. DASH is co-directed by George Taylor and Peri Jude Radecic with the assistance of key staff Terry Roth. Other DRP staff and consultants round out the team, ensuring that DASH offers the depth and range of expertise needed to support advocacy groups of all sizes and of all types of disabilities.
We want to thank the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council for having the foresight to see the need for such a program in Pennsylvania to help advance and improve the lives of people with disabilities.
We are always looking for ways to improve our services. Please take a moment to assist us by completing a brief survey (link below). If you experience any problems, please contact Lan Do (Ldo@disabilityrightspa.org or 1-800-692-7443 ext. 312).