Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Join the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas (the Council) in highlighting the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form stronger, more diverse communities.
Together we can raise awareness about the importance of inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life. When we acknowledge the barriers that people with disabilities
Mask for the DD Community
We wear masks to care for each other.
The GCDD Arkansas continues to search for ways to support the disability community during the pandemic. We have some face masks available, at no charge, which carry a message to address a specific communications barrier in our community.
Inclusion, Integration & Independence for Arkansans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Promoting inclusion, integration and independence for Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in all parts of community life is our mission!
The Council works to identify the most pressing needs of the IDD community in our state and address those needs by conducting outreach, fostering change and supporting capacity-building efforts. We conduct activities and support programs
The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities strives to provide Arkansans with updates on what is going on in our communities including upcoming events, hot topics, spotlights on self advocates, and information on new programs & resources. Check out our Blog here!
Self-Advocacy at the State Capitol Can Bring About Policy Change
Policy change rarely happens overnight and is often linked to broader change in the political environment. Effective advocacy for policy change requires long-term as well as short-term thinking, an understanding of the points of resistance and the means to gain traction, the readiness to form alliances, and the flexibility to seize windows of opportunity.
Self-advocates can exercise their rights as citizens by