An old DCAD 2003 photo!

What started as an idea in 2003 by current Executive Director, previous Statewide Community Organizer, Teresa Favuzzi, has now been going strong for over twelve years. Disability Capitol Action Day has become a staple in the disability community as our day of advocacy in Sacramento.

Disability Capitol Action Day, (DCAD) is one of our nation’s largest cross-disability advocacy events. It not only includes people with all types of disabilities, but from a variety of backgrounds and ages.

In its inception DCAD included a Educational Forum, March to the Capitol, Rally and Legislative advocacy. Over the years the event has evolved to include a Disability Community Resource Fair made up of exhibitors from a wide variety of disability and for-profit organizations that serve our community. From advocacy organizations to assistive technology companies DCAD has welcomed a little bit of everything. With the inclusion of YO! Disabled & Proud our event has become more inviting to youth with disabilities looking to build their leadership skills and advance their knowledge in advocacy priorities impacting the disability community. They’ve hosted specific youth activities during DCAD and partnered with adult role models to visit with legislators.

The Disability Action Coalition that plans and hosts Disability Capitol Action Day includes partners that bring together a variety of disability organizations ranging from disability services and programs to statewide disability advocacy groups. The coalition also invites a legislator to sponsor the Capitol grounds event each year.

Exhibitor booths as far as the eye can see.

Educating policy makers on issues impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities and preventing cuts to service and support that many depend on to live independently in the community is why and still remains the reason Disability Capitol Action Day exists.

Each year the event includes a disability policy agenda that ranges in advocacy priorities. The event encourages participants to speak up about the issue they have personal experience with or want to bring forward to their legislators on behalf of the disability community. Advocacy priorities have ranged from Durable Medical Equipment, In Home Support Services, Voting and Access, Health Care Reform, Olmstead Implementation, Disability Civil Rights, Regional Center Services, State Budget, Mental Health Services, Housing, Employment and more.

On average it takes $40K to host Disability Capitol Action Day. The day-long event includes chair, tent and table, sound equipment rentals, simultaneous Spanish and Chinese translation, text captioning, a team of ASL interpreters, lunch for at least 1,000 participants, accessible materials and website, marketing and public relations and at least $10K in travel scholarships for participants that wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. Without the generous sponsorship and donations of our coalition partners and ally organizations who believe in disability rights and equality Disability Capitol Action Day would not happen.