Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Join us in raising awareness about the importance of inclusive communities and acceptance for people with disabilities.
This year the Arkansas Council’s theme is “Get to know me”.
People with disabilities are people, first and foremost, and want to be treated just like everyone else. There is no need to be nervous around people with
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 and a video that
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