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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 and projects that fit our 5 year state plan. The Arkansas GCDD has three goals stated in our plan:
Goal One: People with developmental disabilities and their families will be active in advocacy activities that improve their lives, and the lives of others and the service system.
Goal Two: People with developmental disabilities and their families will have increased access to community support and services.
Goal Three: The Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities.
From 2015 through 2018, the Arkansas Council was in a rebuilding phase. Steadily working to educate new council members and staff, to meet federal compliance requirements and to reconnect with the Arkansas IDD communtiy. By June of 2018, the GCDD had met many milestones and began receiving accolates on their hard work.
In the words of Donna A. Meltzer, CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, "NACDD/ITACC congratulates Eric Munson, Council members and staff on engaging in technical assistance, meeting all compliance requirements and renewing the public’s trust and confidence in the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. I firmly believe that The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is now ready and able to move forward with their purpose, to connect people with developmental disabilities to the resources and programs they need to be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all parts of community life.”
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