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Anjanette Shelby

DC Developmental Disabilities Council
Washington, District of Columbia
Anjie D. Shelby, a native Washingtonian, was born in the mid-'60s and has exhibited exceptional resilience in facing the challenges posed by a form of polio affecting her left side. Coping with limited use of her left hand, Ms. Shelby navigates her daily life with the assistance of a leg brace, cane, and/or scooter, embodying a profound determination in the face of adversity. Her empathetic understanding extends to the plight and stereotypes experienced by individuals with disabilities in their daily lives.
The genesis of Ms. Shelby's impactful journey began with the establishment of Belifield. Following her transition from services at DC General Crippled Hospital, she encountered obstacles in accessing adequate support for her disabilities. It wasn't until 1993 that she and her mother became aware of their eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A poignant catalyst for Ms. Shelby's advocacy was the passing of her father, who steadfastly championed her ability to compete in a world marked by prejudgments against persons with disabilities.
With an illustrious career spanning almost three decades in retail, Ms. Shelby's dedication to personal and professional growth culminated in the attainment of a bachelor’s degree in business management from The University of the District of Columbia. Presently, she serves as the Chairperson of the Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council), Vice Chair on the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities, and excels in her role as the Operations Manager of the Family First Resource Center.
Ms. Shelby's commitment to championing the rights of individuals with disabilities is further evidenced by her notable achievements. In October 2019, she earned a Certificate of Completion from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator Certification Program. During the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Ms. Shelby assumed a pivotal role on the EXECUTIVE BOARD, demonstrating her leadership in navigating challenging circumstances. Additionally, she contributes her expertise to the ADVISORY BOARD of the DC COMMISSION on PERSONS with DISABILITIES (DCCP) and previously served as the PROGRAM ASSISTANT and a vital member of the LEADERSHIP TEAM at DISABILITY START-UP NETWORK.
Ms. Shelby's overarching goal is to cultivate awareness and understanding, aiming to educate individuals on how people with disabilities should be treated. Through her multifaceted roles and unwavering advocacy, she strives to dismantle stereotypes and foster a society that embraces inclusivity, respect, and equal opportunities for all.