About

ChiomAPICI am a disability rights thought leader, inspired by my experiences as a mother, sibling and daughter of persons with disabilities and complex medical conditions.  With professional experiences as an education advocate, certified mental health trainer, adapted sports/recreation consultant and community organizer, researcher and policy analyst, I am blessed to have had several opportunities to broaden and deepen my understanding of different aspects of the systems of care impacting how families access services.

My mission is to help government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses improve internal understanding of disabilities and apply innovative and equitable solutions to augment services to persons with disabilities across the lifespan. From a family-centered framework, I am particularly interested in helping service-based entities discover sustainable and lucrative solutions to meet the needs of a diverse client and customer base, promoting inclusion and systems solutions to adhering to federal and local policies that promote the rights of person with disabilities.

I look forward to working with you!


Fellowships


Training and Certifications


Advocacy and Civic Engagement

  • Parent Member, School Based Mental Health Coordinating Council, DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
  • Parent Cabinet Member for Chancellor Wilson SY2017-18, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Ward 4 Representative on the Parent Advisory Committee, My School DC, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
  • Founding Member, The Inclusive Prosperity Coalition
  • National Advisory Council Member, The Georgetown University National Center of Cultural Competency
  • Consumer Advisory Committee Member, Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Member, U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network
  • Member, Women’s Information Network
  • Member, United Nations Association – National Capital Area
  • Member, One DC

PAST ENGAGEMENT:

  • Board Member, Ward 4 Parent Leaders in Education Board, PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education) (August 2017-March 2019)
  • Appointee by Councilmember David Grosso, School Based Mental Health Task Force (November 2017 to March 2018)
  • Member (2016-17) and Chair (2017-18), DC Public Schools Early Childhood Education Policy Council (December 2016 to March 2018)
  • Ex-Officio Member, Family Advisory Committee of the DC Department of Disability Services  (February to September 2017)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Positive Behavior Supports (APBS)
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Emerging Leaders Community
  • Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates (COPAA)
  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

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