The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports (ACDS) is a new international association being established in
response to a growing need for people with disabilities, their families and those people and organizations that
support them to have ways to share ideas and resources through a network for people committed to the shift to
individualized, person-directed supports. The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports will collect and
disseminate knowledge, ideas and practices to advance individually designed, implemented, controlled and
evaluated services and supports.
The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports has been incorporated by Caitlin Bailey, Marian Frattarola-Saulino,
Gail Godwin and Nancy Weiss, who welcome the additional newly elected members of the Founding Board of
Directors. The additional Board members are: Julia Bascom, Lydia Brown, Larissa Clause, Kelly Bohlander
Friedlander, Angela Martin, Amanda Rich and Michael Steinbruck.
The organization serves as a catalyst to transform traditional service approaches and champion innovation. The
Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports is an association of people committed to self-directed supports that offer
opportunities for lives of meaning and impact. We proudly support, and seek to include, everyone who is
committed to ensuring people with disabilities exercise their rights and live fully included lives in the
communities of their choice.
We look forward to working collaboratively to build a strong, vibrant organization that includes and supports
the interests of the many people, families, groups and organizations that promote and enable self-direction, in
the United States and around the world. Together, we will expand and support the efforts of those seeking to
make a better way for themselves and others.
For more information about the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, and for information about how to
become a founding member of this new organization, contact Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Chair at