Profile

First Name

Alison

Last Name

Whyte

Organization Name (If applicable)

DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Location

1673 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA

Email Address alisonwhyte27@gmail.com
Work Number

202-727-8005

Home Number

586-854-8262

Cell Number

586-854-8262

Website

https://ddc.dc.gov

FOCUS AREAS

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities/Learning Difficulties, Schools/Transition, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health

TLCPCP Trainer Certifications

Trainer: Person Centered Thinking (2 Day Instructor-Led), Trainer: Families Planning Together (1 Day Instructor-Led), Mentor: People Planning Together (1 Day Instructor-Led)

Biography

Alison Whyte has been working toward full inclusion of people with disabilities in work, school, and community life for as long as she can remember. Currently, Alison serves people with disabilities and their families in the District of Columbia as the Executive Director of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council. In this role, Alison leads grassroots efforts to build an inclusive DC community through policy advocacy and program development that promotes self-determination, integration, and social justice. Alison is also a certified trainer in person centered thinking through The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP) and supports self-advocates and family members of people with disabilities to learn about person centered practices. Alison has prior experiences in research and statistical analysis, capacity building, policy advocacy, leadership development, and coalition building with organizations such as the DC Department on Disability Services, The Arc of DC, Best Buddies, the United Nations, the World Bank and the Montana Youth Leadership Forum.

Additionally, Alison serves on the Board of Directors of Art Enables, a DC-based art studio that creates space and supports for artist with disabilities to develop their art careers. She also serves on the Board of Directors of TLCPCP, heading up efforts to ensure that self-advocates are influencing the direction of long term services and supports.

Alison has a Master’s of Social Work and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, where she focused on community organizing and policy advocacy as strategies for social change. Alison loves animals, being outdoors as much as possible, biking around DC, and practicing her Spanish and American Sign Language skills.

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