MCBDDS Advocacy Groups

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services offers opportunities for advocacy within its program structure.

Community-Based Self-Advocacy Group for Individuals

Voices Matter
 is a community-based self-advocacy group sponsored by the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services. Its goal is to empower people with developmental disabilities, and is open to adults 18 and older that are served by the Board.

The group is made up of people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities who empower and support each other. Participants can choose to be as involved as their comfort level allows. The goals of the group include:

  • Teaching people with developmental disabilities to speak up and advocate for themselves, and help others do the same
  • Promoting equal rights for everyone
  • Providing disability awareness training to people and organizations in the community
  • Raising public consciousness of issues that matter to people with disabilities
The group currently meets weekly at 4 p.m. via Zoom. For information about the group or its meetings, contact Tammy Brooks at 937-918-2131. You can also email Voices Matter.  

For additional background about the group, check out our Self-Advocacy Brochure.

Greenemont Optimist Club

A number of Voices Matter members worked with representatives of local Optimist Clubs in 2018 to form the nation's first fully inclusive Optimist Club: the Greenemont Optimists. Optimist Clubs are made up of volunteers whose members undertake community service projects to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, their communities, and themselves.

Members of the Greenemont Club, which is part of the Optimist International organization, include people with and without developmental disabilities. Many Voices Matter members are also Optimists.

The Greenemont Optimist Club currently meets twice a month at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. If you'd like more information about this group, please contact Tammy Brooks at 937-918-2131.


For Families

Parents & Advocates Advisory Council (PAAC) 

MCBDDS sponsors a group known as the Parents & Advocates Advisory Council (PAAC), which offers family members, guardians, advocates of people with developmental disabilities, and providers of services the opportunity to meet and discuss issues of interest with MCBDDS leadership.

Meetings are currently held via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. For information on how to take part, visit the listings for the fourth Thursday of each month in the Calendar of Events on the MCBDDS website homepage.

Note: MCBDDS is recording Parents & Advocates Advisory Council Zoom meetings. To watch these recordings, visit the MCBDDS YouTube Channel Parents & Advocates Advisory Council playlistOpens a New Window.

Family Support Groups 

Family Support Groups, also referenced as Parent Advocate Groups, are comprised of active members who have loved ones enrolled in the Adult Services programs at MCBDDS. These groups hold regular meetings; however, MCBDDS does not oversee or organize these support groups. For those interested in more information about these groups, contact a building Division Manager, who will help you connect with a group member directly to get meeting and group information. 

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