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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Jeffrie Lives the Mission and Vision of the Federal Courthouse Clerk’s Office


Jeffrie Blaylock spends four hours a day, Monday through Friday, at the Federal Courthouse in Raleigh. Just like the mission and vision of the Federal clerk’s office, Jeffrie also “continuously strives to provide quality, courteous, and prompt service with a commitment to professionalism, teamwork and efficiency based on our belief that all people have a right to be treated with fairness and dignity.” Read more

Special Olympics Bowling Champ Enjoys Her Work at the Bowling Alley


Darci Miller of Newport, NC, keeps her goal of moving into her own place at the forefront of all she does. So her paycheck from her job at Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center in Cape Carteret, NC goes right into her bank account. Read more

Living and Loving a Full Life


Brandon was able to find a job with Brixx Pizza, a local restaurant that is walking distance from his condo. At Brixx Pizza he is employed as a maintenance worker and bus boy. Brandon often has lunch and socializes at Brixx in the evenings when he is off work. The connections he has made with the staff and management are very important to him. Read more


Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

To read Governor Pat McCrory’s proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month, click here:

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.

10/23 –Rocky Mount

10/27 – Salisbury


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.