Nominations for both the 2014 Hefner Award and the 2014 Helen C. "Holly" Riddle Award are being accepted through September 26. For more information on these awards, please click on the “What We Do” tab above.
Rethinking Guardianship: Building A Case For Less Restrictive Alternatives
This Request for Application (RFA) will create a working group of guardianship stakeholders who will review current legislation, policies and practices that lead to a guardianship decision instead of a less restrictive alternative. This group will review best practices in other states and recommend legislative and policy changes to provide individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with a less restrictive alternative. The Council envisions a partnership with the DHHS and other partners identified in the RFA. Click here for details. Click here for details.
Chris Egan Named New NCCDD Executive Director
For the first time in over two decades, the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) has a new Executive Director. Chris Egan, formerly a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, UNC Chapel Hill, and Clinical Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Training Institute within the Jordan Institute for Families in the School of Social Work, became NCCDD’s Executive Director on June 30. Learn more
Reaching the Summit for Success: Working to Improve Competitive Employment
Reaching the Summit for Success, an initiative funded by the NCCDD and implemented by the University of Massachusetts, is working to improve competitive employment outcomes of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through systems change. The group met recently to discuss what is happening nationally and what can be done to move Employment First forward in North Carolina. The Employment First policy means employment in the general workforce at a competitive wage is the preferred and expected outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all citizens with disabilities regardless of level of disability, in a job of their choosing, with supports and accommodations provided as necessary to achieve and maintain employment and pursue a career. North Carolinians with disabilities are a largely untapped resource for employers .Like other citizens who are employed, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a positive impact on the economy by earning wages, purchasing goods and services in their communities, and having the economic opportunity to become self-supporting.
Project SEARCH Teaching and Coaching for Success Brings Leaders Together
Working to implement a high school transition initiative which is a business-led, one-year, school- to-work program that combines classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities is the purpose of Project Search, an NCCDD funded initiative. The group of educators and business leaders from across the state met recently in Durham to work on everything from quality internships to building vocational and training programs to teaching employability skills. With a goal of increasing the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who transition out of high school to competitive employment the initiative is led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
NCCDD Members Visit Senator Kay Hagan in DC
Two members of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities took part in the Disability Policy Seminar sponsored by The Arc of the US in Washington DC and met with congressional members advocating for jobs, Medicaid buy-in, and long term services and supports. Representing the Council were members Eric Chavis, Greesboro and Kelly Woodall, Raleigh, NCCDD staff attending were Beth Stalvey, NCCDD policy analyst and Steve Strom, NCCDD systems change manager.
The SEG Way to a Healthy North Carolina
The 19-member Stakeholders Engagement Group (SEG) is working to ensure decisions about people with disabilities have input from those with disabilities themselves. The group worked for six months to reach consensus on what is needed in the long-term support system and defined five outcomes that are important to individuals and families from all disability groups which includes a system that helps those with disabilities be more independent. Click here for the final report:Download pdf
Ronald Reeve, a longtime advocate for individuals with disabilities and business leader, has been tapped by Gov. Perdue to chair the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Charlotte resident currently chairs the Mecklenburg Disability Action Collaborative and leads its “Employment First” group, which seeks to increase employment of individuals with disabilities.
Married and the father of three adult children, Reeve has personal understanding of the issues through his family’s experience with developmental disabilities and mental illness.
Reeve succeeds Robert Rickelman, who has served as chair of the Council since 2001. -more-
What is the North Carolina Council on
Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)?
The Council plays a very important role not only in North Carolina, but in every state in the country. Every statehas a council on developmental disabilities and the basic mission of that, ofthis organization is to try to simply improve the lives of those people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. And, we can do that in a number of ways. But, we're fortunate enough to have a grant from the federal government each year that helps us initiate projects and activities and communicate with others that hopefully will foster change and bring about more self-sufficiency for the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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