ACL has awarded a grant to Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) to further expand the "Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SAR-TAC)". As a Project of National Significance, SAR-TAC will receive an award of $400,000 every year from September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2026.
SAR-TAC will continue and grow as a national, person-centered, culturally competent resource that empowers and supports the national self-advocacy movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). This center will serve as a national resource that:
- Further strengthens statewide and local self-advocacy organizations;
- Creates and disseminates self-advocacy resources;
- Provides leadership development opportunities for people with ID/DD; and
- Strengthens the network of civil rights organizations working on behalf of people with ID/DD.
SAR-TAC will be guided by principles of independent living, self-determination, and intersectionality.
An advisory committee comprised entirely of people with ID/DD will guide the work of SAR-TAC. The grantee will work with several partners, including other federal agencies, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Through these partnerships the grantee will share resources and provide assistance to these organizations on making their information accessible to people with ID/DD. Additional activities include: maintaining and increasing the resources on the website ; maintaining a leadership fellowship program; and holding webinars and videos meetings open to the public.
Contact Katherine Cargill-Willis with questions about this project.
ACL's Projects of National Significance focus on the most pressing issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. Through the projects, ACL supports the development of national and state policy and awards grants and contracts that enhance the independence, productivity, inclusion, and integration of people with developmental disabilities.