Shared Support Maryland, Inc., with funding from The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, is proud to bring you...

Leadership in Advocacy 

Join us for this Exciting One-Day Leadership Training for People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Supporters

Thursday, May 28, 2015 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Arbutus Library, Baltimore County, 855 Sulphur Spring Rd, Arbutus, MD 21227

 Be part of this highly participatory workshop ~ 

you will leave with new skills, insights and energy for your own advocacy!!

Participants of this dynamic and developmental training will leave with:
  • A plan for how each attendee with disabilities can advocate for priority outcomes in his or life; outcomes could be related to changes in housing, sustain or increase relationships and resources, learning new skills, participating community life, gaining employment or whatever is of most interest to the attendee.
  • Ideas for how each attendee can work with others — individual partners or a group — to advocate for shared interests.

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Shared Support Maryland, Inc is a Maryland-based, not-for-profit providing completely personalized support to over 50 people with developmental disabilities. There are fewer than 75 agencies in the country that provide this new type of person-centered, customized support and service. The people we support live in their own homes, they hire & control their own support staff, hold jobs that pay a living wage, & spend their time in activities of their choosing.  
This is not a “sit and listen” training! The time will fly by as you participate in activities including:

  • Expert input on recent developments and trends in supports to people with developmental disabilities
  • Help identifying what people’s most important priorities are for changes in their lives
  • Learning and experiences to improve your ability to advocate for and achieve the changes you want use the support of your team members for example: how to clearly describe what you want; how to work with others as a team; how to approach people or groups to gain support in advocating for the things you want and goals that you share
  • Team planning of steps to take in order to move forward on each person’s advocacy priorities – a clear plan of who will do what to achieve important life changes

Participants: Each person with a disability will come with one or preferably two people who can offer support to achieve the changes on which he/she chooses to focus during the training. Each two or three-person team will have a person with a developmental disability and one or two of that person’s allies, for example, a family member, a friend, an advocate, a direct support professional, a service coordinator, or other person who knows and cares about the person. Each team should have: one person with a disability (who is the lead of the team), no more than one family member and a friend/ advocate/ support person. If you are a person who would like to attend and are having difficulty identifying your team; please let us know. We will try to help.

Cost and Registration: The cost of the training is $20 for each participant; please contact for sponsorship for people with disabilities. Space is limited. To register please complete the form below. When you complete the form you will be asked to list all team members with contact information (phone and email if possible) for each. Before you register, please be sure you have a 2 or 3-person team that meets the criteria above and that all team members can spend the full day on May 28, 2015. Payment will be required at the time of completed registration. Cancellations can be accepted until May 20, 2015. After that, no refunds can be provided. If you need help with the application or identifying team members, please email: Please call 410-945-4356 with questions, need in alternative format? no access to email? We’re here to assist.

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Please describe any accessibility requirements. Funding to offset and assist in transportation to and from this session is available. Please email with requests.

About the Trainers and Facilitators:
William Fields is a public and well-known self advocate in Maryland. He has been advocating for better lives for people with disabilities for over thirty years. He was a Developmental Disabilities Council member and has been a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Commission of Disabilities since 1996.

Elizabeth Vasquez is a Partner of Management Consulting Associates. She has over 25 years of experience as a management consultant for not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit companies in the United States as well as internationally. In the field of services and supports to people with disabilities, she has consulted with many nonprofit and government agencies and is a key faculty member with the University of Delaware’s National Leadership Institutes on Developmental Disabilities.

Nancy Weiss is the Director of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware. Ms. Weiss has more than 30 years of experience in the disability field and is devoted to assuring the quality and commitment of the next generation of leaders for nonprofit organizations.