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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.

NCCDD Announces Available Funding for Two New Initiatives

RFA: Sibling Support-  to create a system of support for siblings of a person with an intellectual or other developmental disability that will prepare them in a variety of ways to meet their brother's or sister's needs. The grant award is $50,000 with a $16,667 required match. Click here for information.

RFA: Financial Education-  to encourage and support the partnership of the public and private sectors in spreading financial awareness to people with I/DD and their families. The grant award is $75,000 with a $25,000 required match. Click here for information.

Have questions? You may find answers on our Q & A information sheet.Learn more

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

Governor Appoints Three New Members
to NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Governor Pat McCrory recently appointed Amanda N. Bergen, Ph.D.; Wing Ng, M.D.; and David White to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. The council is a 40-member, governor-appointed body and 60 percent of its members are people with developmental disabilities or family members of people with disabilities. Bergen is a stay-at-home mother in Charlotte raising her two children who both have developmental disabilities. Dr. Wing Ng is the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital in Raleigh. A Raleigh resident, White is a Principal at Capital Planning Group, Inc. in Cary. Learn more

Governor Proclaims March as
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation declaring March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in North Carolina. The awareness month is designed to help people become acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability and to learn that everyone has something to offer. Click here to see the official proclamation.Download pdf

Council Elects Officers for 2014



In its annual meeting the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities selected a new team of officers to guide its work during 2014. Under the leadership of NCCDD Chairman Ron Reeve, Adonis Brown of Durham and Crystal Bowe of Belmont were elected to serve as vice chairs of the Council, and Anna Cunningham of Raleigh as secretary and treasurer. More details

Also, be sure to learn more about two newer additions to the NC Council by viewing interviews.

Partners Advocacy Training Announces Session Dates

NCCDD is pleased to announce the start date of each session of the 2014 Partners in Policymaking training program- 2/15, 3/15, 3/29, 5/3, 6/28, 7/26, 8/30 and 9/20. Held at the Raleigh Sheraton, each session is Saturday and Sunday and attendance is mandatory. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family members are welcome to apply. The program is of no cost to participants. Learn more about Partners.


Systems Change, Public Policy Updates

Be sure to spend a few minutes scanning through the NCCDD's Systems Change page, where you'll find an abundance of information and updates that have been made in recent months. Also, take a look at the Public Policy Update from the November 2013 Council Meeting (pdf).

Council Urges Applications for Speaker Funding

Seeks to expand Council goals by sponsoring presentations at conferences, including keynote presentations and workshops. Learn more | application (pdf)

Ron Reeve, Chair of NCCDD

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 Ron Reeve“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)?


  Ron Reeve, Chair of the North
Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities

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.

Defining Intellectual Disability and
Developmental Disability I/DD
People First Language Used Here
Language that addresses the individual before
the disability is a reflection of basic respect.