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Our Lives Our Rights



We Support People To

  • Have choices and control over their lives

  • Achieve increased funding for supports

  • Access community involvement

  • Obtain competitive employment

  • Live in decent housing of their choice

  • Access to transportation

  • Full citizenship with equal rights


People First of Alabama is a group of people with developmental disabilities living in Alabama communities dedicated to making our dreams happen by having choices and control over our lives. This means having opportunities to make decisions and plans for ourselves instead of having others make them for us.


What we do

  • Community Chapters

  • Legislative Advocacy

  • Leadership and Self-Advocacy Training

Board of directors

  • President: Karen Willis

  • Vice President: Steve Meggs

  • Secretary: Jenny Lux

  • Sargent of Arms: Matthew Foster

  • Treasurer: Dena Johnson

  • Mike King

  • Willie Jones

  • Penny Quimby

  • Dana Folds

  • Alice Heath

  • State Adviser: Veronica McGee


Executive director: Susan Ellis

Outreach Coordinator: Allison Haynes


Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program

University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities

Alabama Department of Mental Health