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DHHS Holding Intellectual & Developmental Disability "Listening Tour"

Deputy Secretary Dave Richard, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is holding a series of intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) “listening sessions” across the state. At these sessions, Richard is primarily interested in hearing from people with disabilities, their family members, advocates, and providers.

The remaining listening session dates and cities are below. For a full schedule, including specific locations and times, click here.

9/29 –Southern Pines

10/8 – Elizabeth City

10/13 –Wilmington

10/15- Haywood Cty

10/20- Lumberton

10/23 –Rocky Mount

10/27 – Salisbury


Rethinking Guardianship: Building A Case For Less Restrictive Alternatives

If you missed the bidders workshop on September 4th, all materials from the workshop can be downloaded by clicking the three links below:

***NEW*** Questions answered from the Bidders Workshop.

Documents from the bidders' workshop, left side of folder.

Documents from the bidders' workshop, right side of folder.

Webinar slides from the bidders' workshop.


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.


Public Comment Welcome on Amendments to NC Council Five Year State Plan

The NCCDD invites the public to review the current state plan, including the goals and objectives section on pages 25 - 50, and provide feedback and suggestions on how the NCCDD proposes to spend its resources.

Click here for details.


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.