Learning and Earning After High School: The Role of Transition Services in Raising Expectations and Attitudes for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Transitions from Adult Care Homes, Medical and Health Homes- I/DD
NC Council publication features awards, new staff, executive director's column
The newsletter is in pdf format.
Advancing Strong Leadership 2013 started with an intensive few days of training in early March. All 24 participants attended the 2 1/2 day training which focused on new trends in the developmental disability field, leadership skill assessment and best practices. -more-
Kenji Kellen learned that he has Asperger’s just 8 years ago; has worked to help people with developmental disabilities and build understanding among parents and others
Interviews with past NCCDD Chair Dr. Robert "Bob" Rickelman and Chair Ron Reeve
AGING, DEMENTIA, AND INTELLECTUAL
AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
New NCCDD article discusses growing senior population and need for action
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-
New living experiences in community settings have brought greater opportunities and increased satisfaction for many North Carolina residents, people who had been in institutions or large group homes. A total of 16 short video segments are featured on six pages with explanations.
View the video - "Tradition, Commitment and Community: A welcome to North Carolina"
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.
"The Council is a microcosm of the community of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Sixty percent of its membership by law are people with developmental disabilities and their families. The other 40 percent are policymakers, legislators, service providers, local management entities. Together the Council, a gubernatorially appointed body, represents the broader stakeholder community that's North Carolina. We're charged with advancing systems change, advocacy, and capacity building. I oftentimes say that, 'We're a little like a Johnny Appleseed.' The Council's job is to spot innovation in the field and to introduce it into soil that nurtures it and can sustain it."
|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.