Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

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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!


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Emergency Preparedness for Arkansans with Functional and Access Needs

In Arkansas, nobody wants to think about experiencing a natural disaster like a tornado, flood, ice storm or house fire. What would you do if you found yourself in an emergency situation? It’s important to plan ahead. Especially if you have a disability, or are a caregiver for someone who does. We’ve put together a checklist that can help you
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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
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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
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I Can Participate

GCDD encourages integrated social activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Actively pursuing hobbies or interests contributes to elevated self-esteem, enhanced positive behaviour, improved social competence, improved school or work attendance, and greater aspirations in life.  These experiences also serve to build relationships between individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and others, setting an expectation that persons with disabilities can exceed their
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