The Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement (Rossi Fund) empowers people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members with opportunities to actively participate in decisions that often impact them personally. Through the Rossi Fund, individuals with I/DD and their family members can receive reimbursement for specific expenses for seminars and conferences designed to improve their knowledge, networking and skill levels for advocacy.
The NCCDD makes all decisions on the disbursement of funds. Applicants receiving Rossi funds will be asked to complete a Rossi Fund Participant survey and are expected to share their knowledge with the local community and with the NCCDD members.
The following criteria need to be met to qualify for the Rossi Fund:
Reimbursement funds are available for:
In order to allow more people with I/DD and families to participate, the Rossi Fund can only partially fund the cost of attending an event. Rossi Funds are available to reimburse individuals for the following types of expenses (individuals may apply for funds to cover up to three of these expenses on their application):
An application must be received by NCCDD 15 days prior to the first day of an in-state event and 30 days prior to first date of an out-of-state event. Applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis. The NCCDD reviews applications frequently, and the decisions on all applications will be mailed in writing to all applicants.
Awards Decision Making:
The awards are limited to $600 per year, per person, per household for in-state events, and up to $800 per year, per person, per household for out-of-state events. Regardless of how many people apply, the maximum amount available for any single activity or event cannot exceed $2,400 in-state and $2,400 out-of state. An individual may only receive one Rossi Fund award in a 12-month period.
To allow more families of people with I/DD to attend events, the NCCDD could decide to only partially fund the cost of attending an event. Individuals are encouraged to secure additional funding from other sources, such as other state agencies, private foundations, consumer or advocacy organizations, or his/her employer.
If the total amount of applications received at the same time exceeds the above limits, the NCCDD will use the following criteria to fairly award the funds to: