This blog is on topics of interest to early career professionals who work with people with disabilities. Blog contributors have diverse perspectives on leadership, professional development, and success in changing systems to better serve people with disabilities and their families. For more information on Early Career Professionals, check out the website:

19 April, 2010

Inaugural Post

As the inaugural blogger on the Early Career Professionals (ECP) website, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all readers and future contributors. After looking through the website, I can see how this will be an excellent resource for trainees and early career professionals! This blog will be about my experience at the Disability Policy Seminar and how it ties into my professional development.
An important part of my role as the Virtual Trainee is to attend the Disability Policy Seminar, which took place this past week in Washington DC. At this meeting, I had the opportunity to learn about many different policies affecting the lives of people with disabilities. I had the opportunity to see several intelligent and passionate speakers who have devoted their lives to the belief that legislation and policy in this country should emphasize social justice and equality, even in a time of economic stress. I also found that I needed a BIG refresher in the legislative process and government organization (Social Studies was a LONG time ago!).

But the most important part of this trip centered on the opportunity for action - the chance to be part of the legislative process, to see how it all worked....and to learn this from the most amazing group of self-advocates and parents of children with disabilities made it all the more remarkable. If you attended the Seminar feel free to reply to this post and share how the Seminar impacted you as an early career professional.

Also, if you are looking for activities to “do” to help you develop as an early career professional, check out the Resource Bank on the ECP website and Click “do”. This will generate a list of activities to help you develop as an early career professional.

Lisa, AUCD Virtual Trainee


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