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HCBS Listening Tour Comes to Six Cities!

DHHS is kicking off its HCBS Listening Tours between Feb 2 - 12 where leaders will be in various cities across the State to get feedback on the new settings rule passed by CMS. Visit for more information.

​Read more about the meeting dates, times and locations for HCBS Listening Tour here.

RFA for the NC ADA Network Fiscal Agent

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) is pleased to announce its Request for Applications for the NC ADA Network Fiscal Agent. In its state plan, the Council will fund training, consultation and technical assistance for individuals to affect policies and practices that support integration, productivity, independence, and inclusion for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.(Objective 2.12). To reach this goal, the NCCDD has developed an in-house initiative, the NC ADA Network. This initiative is a collaborative initiative of the NCCDD and the Southeast ADA Center.

The NC ADA Network works in partnership with a statewide network of 30+ grassroots groups, led by people with disabilities. These groups conduct projects and activities aimed at raising awareness of and increasing voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in local communities across North Carolina.

Details can be found here.

Partners in Policymaking Applications Being Accepted


Partners in Policymaking is an internationally recognized training initiative that prepares and motivates people with disabilities and their families to be effective advocates in seeking improved policies and supports. Applications are currently being accepted through Jan. 16, 2015. Details and the application can be found here.

Announcing Our Hefner and Riddle Award Winners


The NCCDD is pleased to announce this year’s award winners. Awards were presented at the annual dinner on November 19. From l-r: Joan Johnson, Riddle Award; Kurt Timothy Reid, Hefner Award and Maureen Morrell, Riddle Award. Read more.


Presenting NCCDD’s 2015 Executive Committee

Exec Council

The NCCDD’s new executive committee was voted on at their November meeting. The executive committee, which meets often throughout the year, includes: (front row, l-r) Carrie Ambrose and Crystal Bowe, (back row, l-r) Adonis Brown, Anna Cunningham, Ron Reeve (chair), Azell Reeves and Sam Miller.

Up to Her Neck in Mud, Council Member Desiree Peterson Laughs Through 3.1 Mile /10 Obstacle Course


When she lost her sight nearly 30 years ago, NCCDD Desiree Peterson was not sidelined. Running the Dirty Girl Mud Run for charity recently – of course she succeeded! To read more, click here:

Congratulations, Partners in Policymaking Graduates


Congratulations to the 2014 graduating class of North Carolina Partners in Policymaking comprised of self-advocates and parents of school-aged children with developmental disabilities. After eight months of rigorous leadership and advocacy training, the class graduated as well-prepared and effective disability policy change agents. Applications for the 2015 class of NC Partners in Policymaking will be available on our website by November 1, 2014. You can see more photos at

Ready NC Website Accessible to All

Ready NC

Recently the web site has been updated, making technological changes to improve accessibility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Learn more.

Governor Appoints Katie Holler to Council


Governor Pat McCrory recently appointed Katie Holler to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. A Greenville, NC resident, Holler works as an Autism Resource Specialist for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Read 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. Visit the website at Click here for the final report:Download pdf

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.