Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

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2020 - Celebrating 100 Years of Developmental Disabilities Resources

In 2020, we celebrate 100 Years of Developmental Disabilities Resources!

This year is truly special with Vocational Rehabiltation's 100th anniversary, the State Councils on Developmental Disabilities 50-year anniversary, and with the ADA's 30th anniversary.

100 Years of Vocational Rehabilitation

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had
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National Disability Voter Registration Week 2020

July 13-17, 2020

There is an active fight for the fair and civic inclusion of people with disabilities in every political, social, and economic front. The disability community has often had their rights trampled on. Voting is the tool for expressing your voices and opinions.

Know Your Rights. Cast Your Vote. Use Your Power.

You have the power! Voting
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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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GCDD Blog

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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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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