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Arkansas Lifespan Respite Awareness Day

When:

November 25, 2019 10:00am

Location: 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Join the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition for the 2019 Arkansas Lifespan Respite Awareness Day event at the State Capitol on Monday 11/25/19. This event starts at 10am in the 2nd floor rotunda area and includes speakers, the reading of the 2019 Arkansas Lifespan Respite Awareness Day Governor’s proclamation and refreshments.

Arkansas Lifespan Respite Event Contact 501-320-6555

Respite (RESS’-pit): Respite is planned or emergency services that provide a caregiver of a child or adult with a special need some time away from caregiver responsibilities for that child or adult, and which result in some measurable improvement in the well-being of the caregiver, care receiver, and/or family system.

Copy and paste the following link in your web browser address line to see Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Proclamation: https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/dpsqa/Proclamation_2019_Lifespan_Respite_Awareness_Month.pdf

The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition’s goal is to improve awareness and access of respite information to family caregivers across all age and disability spectrums. This coalition partners with the Department of Human Services-Arkansas Take the Time Lifespan Respite program. Even the most amazing caregivers need a temporary break now and then to take time for themselves and to seek needed assistance and support. The coalition serves as a strong voice for respite throughout the state to promote awareness and help caregivers locate respite care services in their communities. Find out more here:
https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/about-dhs/dpsqa/choices-in-living-resource-center/arkansas-lifespan-respite

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Community Needs Assessment by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions

When:

November 21, 2019 5:30pm

Location: Simmons Bank Community Room, 100 West Grove, El Dorado, Arkansas

Details:

Community Needs Assessment Hosted by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions from 5:30-7:30pm.

Are you caring for a child or young adult with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, or chronic healthcare needs? If so, the Parent Advisory Council wants to help identify and prioritize the needs in your community.

This needs assessment is being held at the Simmons Bank community room in El Dorado, Arkansas.

The Parent Advisory Council (for children with medical needs-CMS) will be hosting community needs assessments across the state and collecting quality data specific to the needs of your family. This data will then be reported back to Title V, Children with Chronic Health Care Needs to develop and provide appropriate services for your area. Your Needs. Your Community. Your Voice.

Contact Rodney Farley with questions at 501-749-3454.

Community of Champions is joining with PAC for CMS in hosting community needs assessments across the state. The Community of Champions is an advocacy group joining with Arkansas’ self advocates and other disability advocates to ensure the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are protected and respected. Be VITAL: Vote. Include. Talk. Advocate. Lead. Community of Champions is a partnership between the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and Friendship Community Care, Inc.

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GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee

When:

November 21, 2019 2:00pm

Location: 1509 W. 7th Street, 1st Floor, Room 102, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy & Outreach Committee meeting will be at the DFA 1509 Building on the first floor, Room 102, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2:00pm. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/12/2019.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, November 15, 2019.

AGENDA (May be subject to change)
I.      Call to Order
II.    Roll Call
III.    Approve Previous Quarterly Meeting Minutes
IV.    Messaging Update
V.    Outreach Update
VI.    Legislative and Policy Updates
VII.  Upcoming Events
VIII. New Business & Announcements
IX.  Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

November 21, 2019 10:00am

Location: 1509 W. 7th Street, 1st Floor, Room 102, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be at the DFA 1509 Building on the first floor, Room 102, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00am. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/12/2019.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, November 15, 2019.

AGENDA (May be subject to change)
I.    Call to Order
II.  Roll Call
III.  Approve Previous Meeting Minutes
IV.  Project Status Reports
V.  State Plan Implementation Report
VI.  Request for Proposal Planning
VII.  New Business & Announcements
VIII. Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Arkansas APSE Meeting (Association of People Supporting Employment First)

When:

November 12, 2019 11:00am

Location: McMath Library, located at 2100 John Barrow Rd, Little Rock, AR 72204

Details:

Arkansas APSE’s next bi-monthly meeting is on November 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. held at the McMath Library, located at 2100 John Barrow Rd, Little Rock, AR 72204.

If you are unable to attend this meeting you may call in: 605-475-4333 code is 115936. 

APSE’s Vision
All people with disabilities have competitive employment in an inclusive workforce.

APSE’s Mission
To advance employment equity for people with disabilities.

APSE’s Values
We believe that everyone can and should work, and have the dignity of determining their career path.

APSE strives to bring Employment First to new places and people. Specifically, APSE will:
Build Employment First capacity,
Lead in Employment First policy,
Ensure each state has a strong chapter,
Invest in infrastructure, and
Work to build reciprocal business relationships.

Informed by our members and partners, and of course, through the active engagement of our chapters, this plan reflects our collective wisdom in outlining a strategy to maximize APSE’s impact.

The Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is a proud APSE member.

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Veterans Day 2019

When:

November 11, 2019 12:00am

Location: Nationwide

Details:

In observance of Veterans Day, the GCDD Arkansas office will be closed on Monday, 11/11/19. We will be open for business at 8am on Tuesday, 11/12/19.

What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including those still with us.

History of Veterans Day 2019
Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, was first issued on November 11, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson a year after the end of World War I. The purpose of Armistice day was to honor the fallen soldiers of The Great War for their sacrifice and bravery. 7 years later in 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans rather than just the ones who died in World War I. He led a delegation to General Dwight Eisenhower, who was all for the idea. Weeks then conducted the first Veterans Day celebration in 1945 in Alabama and every year until his death in 1985. In 1982, he was honored by President Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal. Weeks was also named the “Father of Veterans Day” by Elizabeth Dole.

Ed Rees, the U.S. Representative from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through to congress. Eisenhower, who was now President and also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954, 8 and a half years after Raymond Weeks held the first Veteran’s Day. A few weeks later, June 1, Congress amended the bill replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans.” The National Veterans Award was also created in 1954, first received by Congressman Rees for his support in making Veterans Day a federal holiday. Though the holiday is currently and was originally celebrated on November 11, the day was moved to the fourth Monday of October in 1971 due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. However, only 7 years later in 1978, it was moved back to November 11.

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

When:

November 1, 2019 12:00am

Location: Across Arkansas and Nationwide

Details:

National Family Caregivers Month 2019 – November

Caregiving is a tough job. This November, we remember the people who lovingly give baths, clean houses, shop for, and comfort the millions of elderly and ill people who are friends and loved ones. November is National Family Caregivers Month and this year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” Check out the latest helpful hints and community resources because if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

How to Observe National Family Caregivers Month?

Thank a caregiver in your life! Are you a caregiver? Then try one of these suggestions:

Attend a caregiving conference or workshop-
Since it’s National Family Caregivers Month, do something to make an impact. Check with the National Alliance for Caregiving for the details but if you can’t get away to Washington, attend a workshop instead. They have lots of practical advice. The main thing is to know that you are not alone.

Download a caregiving toolkit-
Download the Circle of Care Mental Health Toolkit. Sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving, the toolkit covers topics including taking care of yourself, getting an accurate diagnosis, communicating with health professionals, finding community services, finding providers and more. This month, the resources you need are just a click away.

Take naps-
One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to fit naps into your weekly schedule. Round-the- clock caregiving is never easy. But when your loved one takes a break, don’t do another task — you take a break too. It’s important not to wear yourself down or who will take care of you?

Why National Family Caregivers Month is Important

Caregivers need love, too
Caregiving while still holding down an outside job is exhausting. Much of caregiving is unpaid. National Family Caregivers Month in November provides resources for self-care, advocacy, and de-stressing for our caregivers. The month is dedicated to supporting caregivers as they care for others. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.”

Learn how to cope
National Family Caregivers Month features lots of vital information to help caregivers cope with a tough, and sometimes thankless job. There are tips for caregivers such as taking care of your own health, accepting offers of help from others, learning the skills to speak effectively with doctors, and being open to new, assistive technologies that can lighten your load. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

Check yourself for depression
Watching a parent age or seeing someone change drastically due to illness can be devastating. Take some time to monitor your own wellbeing. If you are not sleeping well, exercising, or feel yourself becoming reclusive, speak to a professional about depression. It can hit anyone at any time. There’s no shame in feeling overwhelmed.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-family-caregivers-month/
https://www.caregiving.org/

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River Valley Champions Day for Employment with Community of Champions

When:

October 28, 2019 8:00am

Location: Arkansas River Valley, Russellville, Pope County and surrounding areas.

Details:

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2019, businesses around the River Valley are offering job shadowing experiences for individuals with disabilities throughout the communities (Pope County and surrounding areas).  Through positive action comes positive change. Join in helping the River Valley become an inclusive working environment for all.

10/28/19 from 8am-5pm

ADVOCACY TAKES ACTION!  Calling all business owners and community members - offer a time for a job shadow or print the flyer and display in your window. For more information or to arrange participation, please call 479-518-4566 or email thomlinsona@fccare.org

The Community of Champions is an advocacy group joining with Arkansas’ self advocates and other disability advocates to ensure the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are protected and respected. Be VITAL: Vote. Include. Talk. Advocate. Lead.

Community of Champions is a partnership between the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and Friendship Community Care, Inc.

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting OCT

When:

October 23, 2019 6:30pm

Location: CALS, Downtown Library, 1st Floor, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group

All meetings from 6:30-7:30pm

Downtown Library, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR

Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the word!

For more information:
Lud Kozlowski
Voicemail: 502-791-5835
Email: aspielud@comcast.net

2019 Remaining Meeting Schedule:
October 23, 1st Floor, West Room
November 13, 1st Floor, West Room
December 11, 1st Floor, Fribourgh Room

January-October 2019 – 4th Wednesday of the month
November and December 2019 – 2nd Wednesday of the month

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Community Needs Assessment by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions

When:

October 22, 2019 6:00pm

Location: 6836 Isaac's Orchard Road, Springdale, AR 72762

Details:

Community Needs Assessment Hosted by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions from 6-8pm

This needs assessment is being held at Arkansas Support Network at the Springdale location.

The Parent Advisory Council (for children with medical needs-CMS) will be hosting community needs assessments across the state and collecting quality data specific to the needs of your family. This data will then be reported back to Title V, Children with Chronic Health Care Needs to develop and provide appropriate services for your area. Your Needs. Your Community. Your Voice.

Community of Champions is joining with PAC for CMS in hosting community needs assessments across the state. The Community of Champions is an advocacy group joining with Arkansas’ self advocates and other disability advocates to ensure the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are protected and respected. Be VITAL: Vote. Include. Talk. Advocate. Lead. Community of Champions is a partnership between the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and Friendship Community Care, Inc.

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Disability Mentoring Day 2019

When:

October 16, 2019 12:00am

Location: Arkansas, National

Details:

Disability Mentoring Day 2019 is Wednesday October 16th!

Each year on the 3rd Wednesday of October, during NDEAM, we bring awareness to Disability Mentoring Days, a year-round initiative across the country to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships.

October is NDEAM! National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual, month-long event which celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. NDEAM also celebrates employers who practice inclusive hiring.

During NDEAM, another focus is on mentoring. Mentoring of youth and adults with disabilities who are job/career seekers about the process and the benefits of competitive integrated employment. And mentoring by organizations practicing disability inclusion to orgs and businesses that are interested in disability inclusion and inclusive hiring as a strategy during an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.

Disability Mentoring Day offers employers an opportunity to:
1)Engage an untapped demographic of people with disabilities,
2) Help people with disabilities develop confidence about their own employability,
3) Recruit short-term and long-term interns/employees, and
4) Demonstrate positive leadership to other employers.

DMD events look different across the country depending on the participating individuals and employers and may be customized to best meet the needs and experience of all parties.

Overall, a DMD event should connect with the two primary objectives of the program: 
1) Help participating students and job seekers with disabilities learn more about potential employment opportunities and develop connections to the local business community;
2) Counteract unconscious biases, myths, and stereotypes held by employers to make them more comfortable with disability and more likely to hire employees with disabilities in the future.

https://www.aapd.com/disability-mentoring-day/
https://www.aapd.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Disability-Mentoring-Day-Toolkit-2019.pdf

Get Involved
The growth of DMD is made possible by the unwavering work of DMD Coordinators across the country who volunteer their time to host and manage the logistical requirements for local and regional programs. These events produce life changing results for mentees, such as full-time employment and internship opportunities.  AAPD continues to increase the reach of DMD through growing its network of DMD coordinators. If you or anyone you know may be interested or want additional information on becoming a DMD coordinator, please email us at DMD@aapd.com.

AAPD
https://www.aapd.com/
The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.

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Advocacy Takes Action Voting Education Event with Community of Champions

When:

October 3, 2019 10:30am

Location: Hempstead Hall, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2500 South Main Street, Hope, Arkansas 71801

Details:

Organizations around the state have joined together to encourage and train individuals with disabilities, their peers, and their families on the voting process.

Join us at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana, in Hempstead Hall for the Advocacy Takes Action Mock Vote. This event will ensure you gain the education, knowledge, and skill to take an active role in our nation’s voting system and become a V.I.T.A.L. Champion. Voting is a right and a responsibility. Come, and learn the details of an active role you can take to bring forth change in your community

Community of Champions is giving all individuals the tools to stay V.I.T.A.L.
Vote. Include. Talk. Accept. Language.
With these educational tools, you will learn how to be a V.I.T.A.L Champion for yourself or your peers. Advocacy Takes Action!

Brought to you by Community of Champions, a project supported by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas through a grant to Friendship Community Care. We’re Building a Community of Champions!

http://www.fccare.org/champions/

The Community of Champions is a grassroots effort to coordinate people around Arkansas to work together with parent-advocates and self-advocates to ensure that the needs and issues of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are supported.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019-Arkansas Kickoff Event

When:

October 1, 2019 10:00am

Location: 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)!

Join the Council, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and other partners in kicking off NDEAM Arkansas 2019.

NDEAM Arkansas Proclamation and Inclusive Employment Discussion
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 10am
Arkansas State Capitol, Rotunda, Second Floor

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
For more information copy and paste the following link to the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy’s website in your web browser:  https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/

Celebrating Disability Inclusion for More than 70 Years:  Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

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Ready. Set. Know. Emergency Preparedness Training Event at the Museum of Discovery

When:

September 22, 2019 5:30pm

Location: 500 President Clinton Ave Ste 150, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

You’re invited to Ready. Set. Know.  Hosted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Learn how to prepare for an emergency.

Have you experienced a tornado? Do you know how lightning is created? Join us for an evening full of interactive, hands-on learning about natural disasters in Arkansas and how to prepare for them. Take our passport tour with emergency preparedness experts and enter for a chance to win a season pass to the Museum of Discovery. This is a free event and attendees receive a $1 parking coupon after the event.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019
5:30–7:30 p.m.

Museum of Discovery
500 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Register today at:
ArkansasGCDD.eventbrite.com

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NEWS - For Immediate Release

Information Contact:  Eric Munson, Executive Director
501-682-2912 • eric.munson@dfa.arkansas.gov

Ready. Set. Know. event offers free training on emergency preparedness to individuals with developmental disabilities

LITTLE ROCK (Sept. 3, 2019) – In honor of National Emergency Preparedness Month, the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council) is inviting Arkansans with a developmental disability and their caregivers to the Ready. Set. Know. emergency preparedness training event at the Museum of Discovery.

This free event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. The event will offer opportunities to tour the Museum of Discovery’s Tornado Alley and Tesla theaters, interactive activities including a passport tour of emergency preparedness experts and more.

“Emergency preparedness has become a key focus by the Council as in recent years there has been a lack of training and communication to the DD community about the precautions they can take before a natural disaster displaces them from their homes,” said Eric Munson, executive director of the Council. “It is our goal to help bridge the gap in information and empower individuals with DD with the necessary information they need to be prepared and safe during a natural disaster.”

Attendees who participate in the Ready. Set. Know. passport activity will have the opportunity to visit experts in emergency preparedness for education and are entered to win a season pass to the Museum of Discovery. Free tickets to the event are available at ArkansasGCDD.eventbrite.com.

About the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Council is a federally funded state agency that promotes integration, inclusion and independence for Arkansans with developmental disabilities. Council members are self-advocates, relatives and/or caregivers of individuals with DD, state agency directors, and representation from nonprofit and private organizations. The Council works to encourage self-advocacy; to remove barriers to information, services and support; to advocate for policy changes; to develop and support coalitions; and to educate community leaders. For more information about the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and its mission, visit GCDD.arkansas.gov and follow the Council on Facebook and Twitter.

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

September 12, 2019 10:00am

Location: 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding a quarterly business meeting at Pulaski Technical College – South Campus, in the Crain Community Room, at 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas.

AGENDA (Tentative, May be subject to changes)
I. Call to Order – K Donoven, Chairperson
II. Roll Call
III. Welcome and Guest Introductions
IV. Approve Previous Quarterly Meeting Minutes
V. Council Staff Update
VI. Reports from Committee Chairs
VII. Council Education & Training
VIII. DD Network Update
IX. Self-Advocacy Updates
X. New Business and Announcements
XII. Adjourn

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, September 6, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD Nominating Committee Meeting

When:

September 12, 2019 9:00am

Location: 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Nominating Committee meeting will be held on September 12, 2019 9:00 AM at the U of A Pulaski Technical College (Little Rock-South Campus) located at 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas, in the Crain Community Room,

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff on Friday, September 6, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA (May be subject to change)
I. Call to Order – Chairperson
II. Roll Call
III. Approve May 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes 
IV. Staff Report 
V. Discuss and Approve List of Prospective Future Appointee and/or Reappointment Recommendations to Council 
VI. New Business and Announcements
VII. Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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2019 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

When:

September 8, 2019 12:00am

Location: Nationwide

Details:

It’s National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2019!

Time to celebrate the commitment and hard work of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).

Nationwide more than one million individuals with disabilities rely on the services of Direct Support Professionals to live, work and thrive in their communities, and the demand is growing rapidly. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are people who work directly with people with physical disabilities and/or intellectual disabilities with the aim of assisting the individual to become integrated into his/her community or the least restrictive environment.

A direct support professional is a person who assists an individual with a disability to lead a self-directed life and contribute to the community, assists with activities of daily living if needed, and encourages attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion. A DSP may provide supports to a person with a disability at home, work, school, church, and other community places. A DSP may also act as an advocate for the individual with a disability, in communicating their needs, self-expression and goals.

THANK A DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL TODAY!

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GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee

When:

August 22, 2019 2:00pm

Location: 1515 W. 7th St., 5th Floor Conference Room, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy & Outreach Committee meeting will be at the DFA 1515 Building in the 5th Floor Conference Room, on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:00pm. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 09/12/2019.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, August 16, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA (May be subject to change)
I.    Call to Order – Chair
II.    Roll Call
III.  Approve Previous Quarterly Meeting Minutes
IV.  Messaging Update
V.  Outreach Update
VI.  Legislative and Policy Updates
VII.  Upcoming Events
VIII. New Business & Announcements
IX.  Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

August 22, 2019 10:00am

Location: 1515 W. 7th St., 5th Floor Conference Room, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be at the DFA 1515 Building in the 5th Floor Conference Room, on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:00am. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 09/12/2019.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, August 16, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA (May be subject to change)
I.  Call to Order – Chair
II.  Roll Call
III.  Approve Previous Quarterly Meeting Minutes
IV.  Developmental Disabilities Advocate Training Fund Discussion
V.  Project Status Reports
VI.  State Plan Implementation Report
VII. Solicited Grant Discussion – Advocacy Goal
VIII. Competitive Grant Discussion
IX.  New Business & Announcements
X.  Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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ACEs19 “Building Resilient Communities: Where you live, work and play!”

When:

September 26, 2019 8:00am

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Details:

Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Summit 2019 - #ACEs19
“Building Resilient Communities: Where you live, work and play!”
Visit afmc.org/ACEs for more information!

Where?
Thursday-Friday Sept. 26–27 at The Vines Center, 1 Four H Way, Little Rock, AR 72223
Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Dr, Little Rock, AR 72205

Join AFMC for the 2019 Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Summit Sept. 26–28 in Little Rock.

This 3rd annual event is hosted by AFMC and the Arkansas Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Resilience Workgroup. The Workgroup is a cross-sector collaboration of approximately 300 individuals representing more than 100 organizations and government agencies in health care, public health, education, law enforcement, human services, mental health, churches, and businesses.

The Summit is designed for those involved in assessment, treatment, education, support and advocacy for children and families who experience ACEs.

Here’s why you need to attend:
1.Traumatic events that happen to children “are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today,” according to Dr. Robert Block, past president, American Academy of Pediatrics. Arkansas has the highest percentage of children in the nation who have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE).
2. Learn more about ACEs
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are harmful or traumatic events that happen during childhood. They can include physical, emotional or sexual abuse; domestic violence; parents separated or divorced; mental illness or substance abuse in the home or having a parent in jail.
3. Learn why ACEs can affect health for a lifetime
Without the attachment to a caring adult, a child’s ACEs can create toxic stress, forcing the body into a constant state of “fight or flight response.” Toxic stress damages young bodies and brains, often resulting in behavior problems and poor school performance. It can result in chronic illness, obesity, drug misuse or addiction and mental illness later in life.
4. Learn how to increase resilience and trauma-informed care
If you want your organization or business to become more trauma informed, you’ll want to attend and learn practical, concrete techniques that have worked in other communities. “Building Resilient Communities: Where you live, work and play!” is the theme for this year’s summit. Learning resilience starts with you, expands to your family and spreads to your community. Make your community a healthy place for children to grow. Learn how to help children who are overwhelmed by childhood trauma and adults who suffer its lingering pain.
5. Learn how adverse community environments affect ACEs
A neighborhood’s social and economic issues – poverty, violent crime, racism, hunger or poor housing quality/affordability – have a lasting impact on children and their lifelong health. Personal ACEs, coupled with living in an adverse community, are a pair of “ACEs” that create toxic stress. Toxic stress forces the body into a constant state of fight or flight response.
6. Join the Arkansas Childhood Experiences/Resilience Workgroup. The Summit is hosted by AFMC and the Arkansas Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Resilience Workgroup, a cross-sector collaboration of approximately 300 individuals representing more than 100 organizations and government agencies in health care, public health, education, law enforcement, human services, mental health, churches and businesses. By working together, we can heal the damage caused by ACEs and work to prevent ACEs in the future.

Who should attend:
Parents, especially if you have a child with ACEs
Teachers and childcare workers
Business and civic leaders
Policy makers, public officials and public health professionals
Adults who are living with their own childhood trauma
Health care professionals
Advocates involved in assessment, treatment, education, support, or advocacy for children and families who experience ACEs
Court system professionals and juvenile justice experts
Law enforcement and security personnel

Register HERE: https://www.regonline.com/aces2019

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Community Needs Assessment by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions

When:

August 20, 2019 6:00pm

Location: Mena, Arkansas 71953 (Polk County)

Details:

Community Needs Assessment Hosted by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions from 6-8pm

Mena, Arkansas 71953 (Polk County) DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED - find PAC for CMS and Community of Champions on Facebook

The Parent Advisory Council (for children with medical needs-CMS) will be hosting community needs assessments across the state and collecting quality data specific to the needs of your family. This data will then be reported back to Title V, Children with Chronic Health Care Needs to develop and provide appropriate services for your area. Your Needs. Your Community. Your Voice.

Community of Champions is joining with PAC for CMS in hosting community needs assessments across the state. The Community of Champions is an advocacy group joining with Arkansas’ self advocates and other disability advocates to ensure the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are protected and respected. Be VITAL: Vote. Include. Talk. Advocate. Lead. Community of Champions is a partnership between the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and Friendship Community Care, Inc.

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4th Annual DHS-DDS Fall Food & Craft Fair 2019

When:

September 27, 2019 11:00am

Location: Downtown Little Rock, at the intersection of Main Street and 7th Street

Details:

On Friday, September 27th, from 11am-2pm, join the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services for the 4th Annual DHS-DDS Fall Food & Craft Fair 2019!

Where? In downtown Little Rock off Main Street, in front of the DHS South Building and adjacent 7th Street in front of the DHS North Building.

Support crafters with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Items for sale will include hand-made rugs, magnets, art work, wreaths, and more! All proceeds go to the individuals who created the items. Please bring both cash and credit cards for payment options. Some of the providers are only able to accept cash.

Enjoy some tasty food! Food trucks: Count Porkula, Kool’s BBQ, Adobo (Asian), Juicy J (chicken and fish), JMG Grilling, Haygood’s BBQ, GQ Smokehouse, Loblolly Creamery

For more information, please contact Yvette Swift at yvette.swift@dhs.arkansas.gov or 501-682-4268.

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting SEPT

When:

September 25, 2019 6:30pm

Location: Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group

All meetings from 6:30-7:30pm

Downtown Library, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR

Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the word!

For more information:
Lud Kozlowski
Voicemail: 502-791-5835
Email: aspielud@comcast.net

2019 Meeting Schedule
January 23, 1st Floor, West Room
February 27, 1st Floor, West Room
March 27, 1st Floor, West Room
April 24, 1st Floor, West Room
May 22, 1st Floor, West Room
June 26, 1st Floor, West Room
July 24, 1st Floor, West Room
August 28, 1st Floor, West Room
September 25, 1st Floor, West Room
October 23, 1st Floor, West Room
November 13, 1st Floor, West Room
December 11, 1st Floor, Fribourgh Room

January-October 2019 – 4th Wednesday of the month
November and December 2019 – 2nd Wednesday of the month

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Americans with Disabilities Act 29th Anniversary - 2019

When:

July 26, 2019 12:00am

Location: Arkansas and Nationwide Observance

Details:

Celebrate ADA 29th Anniversary - July 26, 2019

Today, July 26, marks the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal access for people who have disabilities to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.

In honor of the 29th ADA anniversary on July 26 and throughout the year, in your workplaces, schools and communities, share and join in celebrations, stories, and advances in inclusion and access since this historic civil rights legislation became law in 1990.

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Advocacy Takes Action Voting Education Event with Community of Champions

When:

July 17, 2019 10:00am

Location: ASU Mid-South, 2000 West Broadway, West Memphis, AR 72301

Details:

It’s National Disability Voter Registration Week in Arkansas and organizations around the state have joined together to encourage and train individuals with disabilities and their families on the voting process. Join us at the Advocacy Takes Action Mock Vote, to ensure you gain the education, knowledge, and skill to take an active roll in our nation’s voting system and become a V.I.T.A.L. Champion.

Advocates are VITAL: Vote. Include. Talk. Advocate. Language.

Accessible Mock Voting Exercise (Come practice voting on an accessible machine so you will be ready come voting day!)
Voter Registration
Guest Speakers
Information Station

Brought to you by Community of Champions, a project supported by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas through a grant to Friendship Community Care. The Community of Champions is an advocacy group joining with Arkansas’ self advocates and parent advocates to ensure the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are respected and protected. The Arkansas State Independent Living Council and Disability Rights Arkansas are also participating in this event.

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REV UP Arkansas' NDVRW Kickoff Event at the Arkansas State Capitol with ARSILC

When:

July 16, 2019 9:00am

Location: Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201, Rotunda, 2nd Floor

Details:

Join the Arkansas State Independent Living Council, disability advocates and allies at the Arkansas State Capitol to kick off Arkansas’ REV UP campaign and National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) 2019! With special guest, Governor Hutchinson, who has issued a proclamation designating the week of July 15th through 19th, 2019, as National Disability Voter Registration Week in Arkansas.

9am     Registration
10am   Event begins in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, 2nd Floor
10:30a Proclamation presentation with special guest, Governor Asa Hutchinson

The REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) each year on the third week of July to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

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National Disability Voter Registration Week 2019

When:

July 15, 2019 12:00am

Location: Across Arkansas and Nationwide

Details:

National Disability Voter Registration Week 2019
July 15-19, 2019

https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/national-disability-voter-registration-week/

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power

Advocates and allies are actively fighting for the fair and civic inclusion of people with disabilities in every political, social, and economic front. Voting is the tool for expressing your voices and opinions. Voting gives your communities access to increased opportunities and satisfaction.

The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to address the concerns of people with disabilities, eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting; educate communities about issues and candidates; promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; and engage candidates and the media on disability issues.

Why Your Vote Matters/ Why the Disability Vote Matters
Your vote affects everything. It can make a difference on poverty rates and it can help eliminate discriminating practices. Who you vote for impacts your access to healthcare, education, transportation and the list goes on. 

Get Involved:
Look for National Disability Voter Registration Week / REV UP events in your community!

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2019 Arkansas Waiver Association Conference: Innovation and Opportunity in the New System

When:

July 10, 2019 12:00am

Location: Hot Springs Convention Center

Details:

2019 AWA Conference: Innovation and Opportunity in the New System. This year’s conference will be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on July 10-12.

Presentations will cover four (4) topic areas: Advocacy Innovations & Opportunities, Technology Innovations & Opportunities, Direct Support Innovations & Opportunities, and Systems Innovations & Opportunities. (see below for a description of each)
• Advocacy Innovations & Opportunities: As we move into a new system of service delivery, we want to highlight success of self advocates and family advocates in exercising rights, living empowered lives, and directing support services to meet their needs effectively. Advocacy Innovations & Opportunities presentations should share successful advocacy initiatives and outline how participants can use advocacy skills to improve their lives.

• Technology Innovations & Opportunities: Technology Innovations & Opportunities presentations will focus on how technology has been used to support individuals with disabilities to be more independent, be better included in the community, better access necessary supports, and/or improve quality of life.

• Direct Support Innovations & Opportunities: Nothing beats a good Direct Support Professional. Direct Support Innovations & Opportunities presentations will highlight effective direct support strategies and outline how participants can implement direct support strategies that will empower individuals receiving services to be more independent, to make more decisions, and to lead a higher quality of life.

• Systems Innovations & Opportunities: Systems Innovations & Opportunities presentations will provide information and updates on the current PASSE system and any other updates and/or opportunities within the service delivery system. Look for updates and opportunities within the vocational service system, state agencies, behavioral health system, or any other relevant service or system impacting individuals with developmental disabilities. 

We are excited about this year’s conference and hope that you will join us in sharing ideas that promote opportunities and innovations for everyone receiving Waiver services in Arkansas.

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Think Tank Community Meeting: Creating Job Opportunities for Individuals with a Disability

When:

June 26, 2019 2:00pm

Location: Gigi's Playhouse, 300 N Shackleford Road, D2, Little Rock, AR 72211

Details:

Think Tank Community Meeting: Creating Job Opportunities for Individuals with a Disability

Join Arkansas disability advocacy organizations for a presentation on and discussion about inclusive employment for Arkansans with disabilities at Gigi’s Playhouse in Little Rock on 06/26/19 from 2-4pm.

There will be a presentation by Arkansas Rehab Services staff: Employment First-Why individuals with disabilities are valuable employees and an asset to the workplace. Following the presentation, community businesses, along with family members and individuals with disabilities will be discussing potential barriers and resources to support community employment and integration.

Contact Cindy Fong to register fongfam5@att.net or 501-803-6944

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Community Needs Assessment by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions

When:

June 25, 2019 6:00pm

Location: Magruder Hall Room 104-ASU-Mid South, 2000 W Broadway Ave, West Memphis, AR 72301

Details:

Community Needs Assessment Hosted by PAC for CMS and Community of Champions on 06/25/19 at ASU-Mid South, 6-8pm

Magruder Hall Room 104-ASU-Mid South, 2000 W Broadway Ave, West Memphis, AR 72301

The Parent Advisory Council (for children with medical needs-CMS) will be hosting community needs assessments across the state and collecting quality data specific to the needs of your family. This data will then be reported back to Title V, Children with Chronic Health Care Needs to develop and provide appropriate services for your area. Your Needs. Your Community. Your Voice.

Community of Champions is joining with PAC for CMS in hosting community needs assessments across the state. The Community of Champions is an advocacy group joining with Arkansas’ self advocates and other disability advocates to ensure the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are protected and respected. Be VITAL: Vote. Include. Talk. Advocate. Lead. Community of Champions is a partnership between the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and Friendship Community Care, Inc.

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/16/19

When:

June 16, 2019 4:38pm

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/16/19

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/06/16/four-more-arkansas-counties-added-disaster-declaration

Four More Arkansas Counties Added to Disaster Declaration

Release date: June 16, 2019
Release Number: DR-4441-AR NR 004

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Continuing preliminary damage assessments have resulted in four more Arkansas counties being designated for disaster assistance as part of the federal disaster declaration for areas affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on May 21.

The addition of Arkansas, Desha, Logan and Pope counties brings the total number of Arkansas counties designated for Individual Assistance to 12.

Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.

Affected residents and business owners in the newly-designated counties can check to see if they are eligible for disaster assistance from state, federal and voluntary organizations by visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/find-assistance. This tool can help you identify available resources in your community.

Visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 to assess your needs and to find out what federal assistance may be available to you. If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

Although FEMA cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, sanitary and secure. FEMA assistance may also provide temporary help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your own recovery plan.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover residential and business losses as a result of the disaster. Applicants can apply for a low-interest disaster loan online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

In addition, applicants can get more information on SBA disaster assistance by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov. 

For mitigation information and regularly updated disaster information go to:
http://www.fema.gov/armit | http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4441

The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA at www.SBA.gov/disaster

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/08/19

When:

June 8, 2019 4:34pm

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/08/19

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-approves-arkansas-disaster-declaration-2/

President Donald J. Trump Approves Arkansas Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on May 21, 2019, and continuing.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance in the counties of Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell.

Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided in the counties of Arkansas, Chicot, Desha, Franklin, Johnson, Lincoln, Logan, and Pope.

Finally, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Jerry S. Thomas as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/06/19

When:

June 6, 2019 8:00am

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update - 06/06/19

Data from Sheridth Abro, FEMA Regional Disability Integration Advisor-Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations), and from
Lori Arnold, Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving Greater Arkansas

There ARE 9 emergency shelters open currently, Arkansas Red Cross (ARC) and Partner Shelters (may include independent and ARC supported shelters):
County             Shelter Name/Location
Faulkner County   Don Owen/10 Lower Ridge, Conway, AR
Jefferson County   Wright-Pastoria/8550 Surrat Road, Hwy 88, Wright, AR
Jefferson County   Swan Lake VFD/11997 Hwy 88, Altheimer, AR
Jefferson County   Seabrook YMCA/6808 S Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR
Pope County     River Park Church of Christ/1010 Lock and Dam Road, Russellville, AR
Pulaski County   NLR Community Center/2700 willow, North Little Rock, AR
Sebastian County   Evangel Temple/1110 S 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR
Sebastian County   Lavaca First Baptist Church/100 West Main Street, Lavaca, AR
Yell County       Dardanelle Community Center/State Hwy 22, Dardanelle, AR

June 5th, 2019 - From :  Dr. Christina Baltes, RN, PHN, BSN, MA, DPA.
Red Cross Volunteer, Minnesota
DR 028-2019 Disability Integration Lead
The listing that was sent out was based on reports from the six Red Cross shelters and there were 5 individuals that met the ADA criteria for persons with disabilities. Their needs were met at that time and we continue to monitor and meet their needs in collaboration with them.
The American Red Cross currently has 6 shelters as listed below:
1 Dardanelle Community Center-Dardanelle
2 North Little Rock Parks and Rec-North Little Rock
3 Conway Sports Center-Conway
4 Evangelical Temple AOG-Fort Smith
5 River Park Church-Russellville
6 SE Arkansas College-Seabrook-Pine Bluff
In addition, the Red Cross is supporting the following shelters with resources and equipment.
These shelters are not run by the Red Cross. While the Red Cross stands ready to support them, as of right now they have not indicated a need.
1. Swan Lake fire Station-provided ARC cots only-Jefferson County
2. Wright/Pastoria Community Center-ARC cots only-Jefferson County
3. Dyer Community Building-ARC cots only-Crawford County
There is also one independent shelter called First Baptist Lavaca. This shelter is a stand alone shelter and has not requested any services from the Red Cross.
We are still in the process of accommodating clients in shelters and are monitoring clients needs. Clients at Red Cross shelters receive information on planning for the future.
Thank you,
Dr. Christina Baltes, RN, PHN, BSN, MA, DPA.
Red Cross Volunteer, Minnesota
DR 028-2019 Disability Integration Lead


Resources:
You can go to Ready.Gov at anytime to obtain emergency preparedness information to share/tweet.

Arkansas Attorney General
Leslie Rutledge
323 Center Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 682-2007
(800) 482-8982
oag@arkansasag.gov
https://arkansasag.gov/flood/
https://www.facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge
https://twitter.com/AGRutledge
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHM7qdWTTF4aFybeC0qdtaA

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/05/19

When:

June 5, 2019 5:08pm

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update - 06/05/19

Data from Sheridth Abro, FEMA Regional Disability Integration Advisor-Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations), and from
Lori Arnold, Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving Greater Arkansas

As of 06/05/19 at 10 am:
5 individuals with disabilities are served in shelters and their needs have been met.
Disability Rights Arkansas attorney has toured all open shelters to survey for accessibility. 2 Jefferson County shelters identified as having accessibility issues with loose gravel in parking or on entry to building.

There ARE 9 emergency shelters open currently:
Arkansas Red Cross (ARC) and Partner Shelters (may include independent and ARC supported shelters)-
County             Shelter Name/Location
Faulkner County   Don Owen/10 Lower Ridge, Conway, AR
Jefferson County   Wright-Pastoria/8550 Surrat Road, Hwy 88, Wright, AR
Jefferson County   Swan Lake VFD/11997 Hwy 88, Altheimer, AR
Jefferson County   Seabrook YMCA/6808 S Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR
Pope County       River Park Church of Christ/1010 Lock and Dam Road, Russellville, AR
Pulaski County     NLR Community Center/2700 willow, North Little Rock, AR
Sebastian County   Evangel Temple/1110 S 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR
Sebastian County   Lavaca First Baptist Church/100 West Main Street, Lavaca, AR
Yell County           Dardanelle Community Center/State Hwy 22, Dardanelle, AR

Resources:
You can go to Ready.Gov at anytime to obtain emergency preparedness information to share/tweet. 

You can copy the URLs below and paste it in your browser address line.

Examples include the following:
• https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs
• https://www.ready.gov/floods
• Be Informed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u6vo9Q-Uq4
• Build a kit video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJuDXorO9_g
• Make a plan video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TybjwGLHA88&feature=youtu.be

Additional resources for tweet reference or retweets:
• Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Follow Twitter: ‎@AR_Emergencies

Helpful numbers and links recently tweeted by ADEM:
United Way Fort Smith Area: Sign up to volunteer or Donate:https://unitedwayfortsmith.org/

Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasterhttp://www.arvoad.org/

• Red Cross Shelters | Central Arkansas Now
http://centralarkansasnow.com/red-cross-shelters/
Red Cross: 1 (800) 733-2767

• Arkansas DOT:
https://www.idrivearkansas.com/
https://www.arkansashighways.com/

• FEMA Region 6
Follow Twitter: @FEMARegion6

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/04/19

When:

June 4, 2019 7:54am

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update - 06/04/19

Data from Sheridth Abro, FEMA Regional Disability Integration Advisor-Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations).

There ARE 9 emergency shelters open at this date/time (8 am Central time, 06/04/19):
Arkansas Red Cross (ARC) and Partner Shelters (may include independent and ARC supported shelters)-
County             Shelter Name/Location
Faulkner County   Don Owen/10 Lower Ridge, Conway, AR
Jefferson County   Wright-Pastoria/8550 Surrat Road, Hwy 88, Wright, AR
Jefferson County   Swan Lake VFD/11997 Hwy 88, Altheimer, AR
Jefferson County   Seabrook YMCA/6808 S Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR
Pope County       River Park Church of Christ/1010 Lock and Dam Road, Russellville, AR
Pulaski County     NLR Community Center/2700 willow, North Little Rock, AR
Sebastian County   Evangel Temple/1110 S 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR
Sebastian County   Lavaca First Baptist Church/100 West Main Street, Lavaca, AR
Yell County         Dardanelle Community Center/State Hwy 22, Dardanelle, AR

Resources:
You can go to Ready.Gov at anytime to obtain emergency preparedness information to share/tweet. 

You can copy the URLs below and paste it in your browser address line.

Examples include the following:
• https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs
• https://www.ready.gov/floods
• Be Informed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u6vo9Q-Uq4
• Build a kit video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJuDXorO9_g
• Make a plan video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TybjwGLHA88&feature=youtu.be

Additional resources for tweet reference or retweets:
• Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Follow Twitter: ‎@AR_Emergencies

Helpful numbers and links recently tweeted by ADEM:
United Way Fort Smith Area: Sign up to volunteer or Donate:https://unitedwayfortsmith.org/

Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasterhttp://www.arvoad.org/

• Red Cross Shelters | Central Arkansas Now
http://centralarkansasnow.com/red-cross-shelters/
Red Cross: 1 (800) 733-2767

• Arkansas DOT:
https://www.idrivearkansas.com/
https://www.arkansashighways.com/

• FEMA Region 6
Follow Twitter: @FEMARegion6

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 06/03/19

When:

June 3, 2019 11:30am

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update - 06/03/19

Data from Sheridth Abro, FEMA Regional Disability Integration Advisor-Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations).

There is NO FEMA Individual Assistance declaration at this date/time (11:30 am Central time, 06/03/19).
Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) for individual assistance is pending for the following counties:  Crawford, Sebastian, Conway, Perry, Pope, and Yell.

Resources:
You can go to Ready.Gov at anytime to obtain emergency preparedness information to share/tweet. 

You can copy the URLs below and paste it in your browser address line.

Examples include the following:
• https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs
• https://www.ready.gov/floods
• Be Informed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u6vo9Q-Uq4
• Build a kit video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJuDXorO9_g
• Make a plan video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TybjwGLHA88&feature=youtu.be

Additional resources for tweet reference or retweets:
• Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

Follow Twitter: ‎@AR_Emergencies

Helpful numbers and links recently tweeted by ADEM:
United Way Fort Smith Area: Sign up to volunteer or Donate:https://unitedwayfortsmith.org/
Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasterhttp://www.arvoad.org/
• Red Cross Shelters | Central Arkansas Now
http://centralarkansasnow.com/red-cross-shelters/
Red Cross: 1 (800) 733-2767

• Arkansas DOT:
https://www.idrivearkansas.com/
https://www.arkansashighways.com/

• FEMA Region 6
Follow Twitter: @FEMARegion6

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update 05/31/19

When:

May 31, 2019 10:31am

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update - 05/31/19

Data from Sheridth Abro, FEMA Regional Disability Integration Advisor-Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations).

There is NO FEMA Individual Assistance declaration at this date/time (10 am Central time, 05/31/19).

There ARE 5 emergency shelters open at this date/time (10 am Central time, 05/31/19):
Arkansas Red Cross (ARC) and Partner Shelters (may include independent and ARC supported shelters)-
County                 Shelter Name/Location
Faulkner County   Don Owen/10 Lower Ridge, Conway, AR
Jefferson County   Wright-Pastoria/8550 Surrat Road, Hwy 88, Wright, AR
Jefferson County   Swan Lake VFD/11997 Hwy 88, Altheimer, AR
Sebastian County   Evangel Temple/1110 S 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR
Yell County             Dardanelle Community Center/State Hwy 22, Dardanelle, AR

Resources:
You can go to Ready.Gov at anytime to obtain emergency preparedness information to share/tweet. 
You can copy the URLs below and paste it in your browser address line.

Examples include the following:
• https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs
• https://www.ready.gov/floods
• Be Informed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u6vo9Q-Uq4
• Build a kit video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJuDXorO9_g
• Make a plan video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TybjwGLHA88&feature=youtu.be

Additional resources for tweet reference or retweets:
• Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Follow Twitter: ‎@AR_Emergencies

Helpful numbers and links recently tweeted by ADEM:
United Way Fort Smith Area: Sign up to volunteer or Donate:https://unitedwayfortsmith.org/
Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasterhttp://www.arvoad.org/

• Red Cross Shelters | Central Arkansas Now
http://centralarkansasnow.com/red-cross-shelters/
Red Cross: 1 (800) 733-2767

• Arkansas DOT:
https://www.idrivearkansas.com/
https://www.arkansashighways.com/

• FEMA Region 6
Follow Twitter: @FEMARegion6

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GCDD Issues News Release on Emergency Preparedness Checklist Resource Now Available

When:

May 30, 2019 12:00am

Location:

Details:

NEWS - For Immediate Release
Information Contact:  Eric Munson, Executive Director
501-682-2912 • eric.munson@dfa.arkansas.gov

Governor’s Council releases emergency preparedness checklist for individuals with developmental disabilities

LITTLE ROCK (May 30, 2019) – The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council) has released an emergency preparedness checklist to assist individuals with a developmental disability (DD) as they prepare to be impacted by upcoming severe weather and the threat of potential flooding in their area this week.

“This emergency preparedness checklist has been of utmost importance to the Council as we have identified a gap of information and resources for Arkansans who have a developmental disability,” said Eric Munson, executive director of the Council. “It is our goal to empower these populations with appropriate and accessible information as much of our state is being impacted by record-setting flooding and continual severe weather threats.”

The emergency preparedness checklist provides information detailing what an individual with DD should consider regarding medical equipment, medications, vital records, emergency kits and more. It also includes education on how to develop a personal support network and information they need to know with in case an emergency strikes, such as how to operate medical equipment, responses to emergency personnel, and how to safely and properly assist an individual with DD in the event of an evacuation.

“Over the last several months, we have been working closely with FEMA, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Arkansas Department of Human Services representatives and other entities to identify what emergency information and services are available to Arkansans with DD and how we can assist in informing this population,” said Munson.

The checklist is available for free download on https://gcdd.arkansas.gov/resources. The Council will also release an emergency preparedness video within the coming months.

About the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Council is a federally funded state agency that promotes integration, inclusion and independence for Arkansans with developmental disabilities. Council members are self-advocates, relatives and/or caregivers of individuals with DD, state agency directors, and representation from nonprofit and private organizations. The Council works to encourage self-advocacy; to remove barriers to information, services and support; to advocate for policy changes; to develop and support coalitions; and to educate community leaders. For more information about the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and its mission, visit GCDD.arkansas.gov and follow the Council on Facebook and Twitter.

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#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update

When:

May 29, 2019 12:00am

Location: Arkansas

Details:

#ARFlood19 - Situational Awareness Update

Data from Sheridth Abro, FEMA Regional Disability Integration Advisor-Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations)

There is NO FEMA Individual Assistance declaration at this date/time (6 pm Central time, 05/29/19).

There ARE 5 emergency shelters open at this date/time (6 pm Central time, 05/29/19):
Arkansas Red Cross (ARC) and Partner Shelters (may include independant and ARC Supported Shelters)
Dardanelle Community Center-Dardanelle, Yell County
North Little Rock Parks and Rec-North Little Rock, Pulaski County
Conway Sports Center-Conway, Faulkner County
Evangelical Temple AOG-Fort Smith, Sebastian County
River Park Church-Russellville, Pope County

Resources:
You can go to Ready.Gov at anytime to obtain emergency preparedness information to share/tweet. 
You can copy the URLs below and paste it in your browser address line.

Examples include the following:
• https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs
• https://www.ready.gov/floods
• Be Informed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u6vo9Q-Uq4
• Build a kit video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJuDXorO9_g
• Make a plan video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TybjwGLHA88&feature=youtu.be

Additional resources for tweet reference or retweets:

• Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Follow Twitter: ‎@AR_Emergencies

Helpful numbers and links recently tweeted by ADEM:
United Way Fort Smith Area: Sign up to volunteer or Donate:https://unitedwayfortsmith.org/
Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasterhttp://www.arvoad.org/
Red Cross: 1 (800) 733-2767
Salvation Army: (479) 783-6145

• Red Cross Shelters | Central Arkansas Now
http://centralarkansasnow.com/red-cross-shelters/

• Arkansas DOT:
https://www.idrivearkansas.com/
https://www.arkansashighways.com/

• FEMA Region 6
Follow Twitter: @FEMARegion6

 

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GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee

When:

May 20, 2019 9:20am

Location: Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Governor's Conference Room, Morrilton, Arkansas

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will continue it’s annual member training retreat on Monday, May 20th at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, with committee meetings in the morning and the quarterly full Council business meeting beginning at 1 pm.

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy & Outreach Committee meeting will be held on May 20th at 9:20 am in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton, Arkansas. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly full Council business meeting at 1pm.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda (as of 05/13/19 - subject to change)
I.    Call to Order – Chair
II.  Roll Call
III.  Approve December 5, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes  
IV.  Review of Public Policy & Outreach Committee Duties and Processes
V.  Messaging Update
VI.  Legislation and Federal Updates
VII.  Upcoming Events
VII.  New Business and Announcements
VIII. Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

May 20, 2019 9:20am

Location: Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Petit Jean 1 Meeting Room, Morrilton, Arkansas

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will continue it’s annual member training retreat on Monday, May 20th at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, with committee meetings in the morning and the quarterly full Council business meeting beginning at 1 pm.

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be held on May 20th at 9:20 am in the Petit Jean 1 Meeting Room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton, Arkansas. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly full Council business meeting at 1pm.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda (as of 05/13/19 - subject to change)
I.    Call to Order – Chair
II.  Roll Call
III.  Approve December 5, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes  
IV.  Review of State Plan & Implementation Committee Duties and Processes
V.  Approve Staff Recommendation to Change Subgrant Period Dates
VI.  Project Status Report Update
VII.  State Plan Report Update
VII.  New Business and Announcements
VIII. Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD Nominating Committee Meeting

When:

May 20, 2019 8:30am

Location: Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Petit Jean 1 Meeting Room, Morrilton, Arkansas

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will continue it’s annual member training retreat on Monday, May 20th at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, with committee meetings in the morning and the quarterly full Council business meeting beginning at 1 pm.

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Nominating Committee meeting will be held on May 20th at 8:30 am in the Petit Jean 1 Meeting Room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton, Arkansas. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly full Council business meeting at 1pm.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda (as of 05/13/19 - subject to change)
I. Call to Order – Chair
II. Roll Call
III. Approve September 12, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes  
IV. Review of Nominating Committee Duties and Processes
V. Committee Recommendations on Executive Committee Ballot
VI. Discuss Member Term Expiration List
VII. New Business and Announcements
VIII. Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

May 20, 2019 1:00pm

Location: Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton, Arkansas

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will continue it’s annual member training retreat on on Monday, May 20th at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, with the quarterly full Council business meeting beginning at 1 pm on 05/20/19 in the Governor’s Conference Room.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA
I. Call to Order – Chairperson Katherine Donoven
II. Roll Call
III. Welcome and Guest Introductions
IV. Approve March 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes
V. Council Budget Update by Staff
VI. Status Report on Grant Funded Projects
a. Staff Overview (Handout)
b. Partners/DRA Update on SA Coordinator (SAND Project)
VII. Council Staff Update
Council member education/training recap of what was done during retreat
VIII. Reports from Committee Chairs/Vote on Nominating Chair
a. Nominating Committee Update
b. Public Policy and Outreach Committee Update
c. State Plan and Implementation Committee Update
d. Executive Committee Update
IX. New Business and Announcements
X. Adjourn

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Member Training Retreat 2019-Day Two

When:

May 20, 2019 7:30am

Location: Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton, Arkansas

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will continue it’s annual member training retreat beginning at 7:30 am on Monday, May 20th at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton, Arkansas. Day two of the retreat includes the May quarterly full Council business meeting at 1 pm on 05/20/19 in the Governor’s Conference Room.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA
7:30-8:30am     Breakfast
8:30-10:00am   Staff Presentation
10 am               Break
10:30-11:15am   Outreach Update
11:30a-12:45pm Lunch (Emergency Preparedness Update, FEMA Speaker Presentation)
1-3pm Quarterly Business Meeting (see separate calendar event/agenda)

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Member Training Retreat 2019-Day One

When:

May 19, 2019 2:00pm

Location: Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Morrilton, AR

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding it’s annual member training retreat beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, May 19th at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton, Arkansas.

Day two of the retreat will include the quarterly full Council business meeting at 1 pm on 05/20/19 in the Governor’s Conference Room.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA
2 pm Welcome - Gov’s Conference Room
    Check-in info
    Overview of Agenda
    Member Continuing Education
6 pm Dinner with Speaker/Presentation - Show Barn Dining Room
7:30 pm Social Time-Fellowship - President’s Lodge Great Room

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting APRIL

When:

April 24, 2019 6:30pm

Location: Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group

All meetings from 6:30-7:30pm
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR

Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the word!

For more information:
Lud Kozlowski
Voicemail: 502-791-5835
Email: aspielud@comcast.net

2019 Meeting Schedule
January 23
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 26
July 24
August 28
September 25
October 23
November 13
December 11

January-October 2019 – 4th Wednesday of the month
November and December 2019 – 2nd Wednesday of the month

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ARSILC 7th Annual Day at the Capitol for Arkansans with Disabilities (2019)

When:

April 24, 2019 12:00am

Location: Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Seventh Annual Day at the Capitol for Individuals with Disabilities April 24, 2019
Hosted by the Arkansas State Independent Living Council
State Capitol 2nd Floor-Rotunda
An educational event open to the public. This year’s event will provide education and awareness in order to promote equal access, inclusion and continue the momentum for the rights of individuals in Arkansas. Self- Advocacy and Voting rights will also be a large component of this year’s program.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the event to kick off at 9:30 a.m.

The Secretary of State’s office is partnering with the Arkansas SILC to hold a mock election. Individuals will have the opportunity to vote on the actual voting machines used during a real election. The process will be a simulation of an actual “Election Day”.

The event will also provide education and awareness in order to promote equal access, inclusion and continue the momentum for the rights of individuals in Arkansas. The event has been coined as the largest cross-disability event held in the State of Arkansas.

Educational Sessions:
There will be a session specifically for Youth with Disabilities,
Voter Education (Mock Election),
Deaf Access,
Self-Advocacy,
Internet Safety for Students and Parents in the LRSD (this workshop is being sponsored by the Romine PTA)

Additional Activities:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Listening Session (hosted by Arkansas Trauma Rehabilitation Program and the TBI State Partnership Program)

Thank you for your support!
Please pass this on…Individuals can register using the link
https://arsilc.wufoo.com/forms/seventh-annual-day-at-the-capitol-2019/

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AR PAC 6th Annual Famous Family Bistro Conference-2019

When:

April 19, 2019 12:00am

Location: Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, 707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72202

Details:

AR PAC is the Arkansas Parent Advisory Council for CMS (Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children’s Medical Services). The PAC holds this conference annually. It is geared toward families of and providers of services for children with special health care needs. This conference will provide attendees with resources to help advocate for children and youth. This is an event by the Arkansas Parent Advisory Council for CMS, it is not a DHS-CMS event.

Space is limited, so registration is required. The registration fee (in advance) covers lunch and a T-shirt.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-famous-family-bistro-tickets-56451865048

DATE AND TIME: Fri, April 19, 2019 from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM CDT

For more information contact Rodney Farley 501-682-1461

LOCATION:  Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, 707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72202

For room rates or directions call 501-708-1912

Famous Family Bistro 2019 Agenda/Room Assignments

7:45-8:30 Check-in (Lobby)/Exhibit Hall open visit Vendors (Dean/McArthur)

8:30-9:30
1. Laura Hayes- Newborn Screening (Angelou/Grisham)

2. Renee Holmes- Transition Resources (Cash)

3. Matthew Vermillion- Medicaid Dental Services (Campbell)


9:30-10:30
1. Karan Burnette- Autism Update (Cash)

2. Tina Mankey- Transition-School to Real World (Angelou/Grisham)

3. Paula Stone & Melissa Stone- Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE), Information with Q & A (Campbell)

10:30-10:45 Break/Vendor Visit (Dean/McArthur)

10:45-11:45
1. Dale Turrentine- Career Success for Disability (Angelou/Grisham)

2. Carmen Irby- Follow Baby Back Home (Cash)

3. Matt/ Jared Hogue - Dept. of Special Education Disputes (Campbell)

11:45-1:00 Key Note Alan Mease/ Lunch (Cash/Campbell)

1:00-2:00
1. Stacey Schratz- Transition to Adult Health Care (Cash)

2. Tracy Monin- Scholarship Opportunities (Campbell)

3. Carol Rangel- FASD The Invisible Disability (Angelou/Grisham)

2:00-2:15 Break (Last Visit with Vendors Dean/McArthur)

2:15-3:15
1. Camie Powell- Special Olympics (Cash)

2. Melanie Thornton- Service Dogs (Campbell)

3. Julie Petty- Tools for Safety (Angelou/Grisham)

3:15-4:15
1. Natilie Wooldridge- Care Plan Organizer Helps Everyone (Angelou/ Grisham)

2. Allison Martin- ACE, What is it, What can we do about it? (Cash)

3. Karen Lamoreaux- Drowning Layers of Prevention (Campbell)

4:15-4:30 Closing/ Door Prizes (Cash/Campbell)

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2019 Disability Policy Seminar-Washinton DC

When:

April 8, 2019 12:00am

Location: Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

Details:

2019 Disability Policy Seminar
April 8-10, 2019
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

The Disability Policy Seminar is the premier opportunity to cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 40 years, this unique platform has offered the opportunity to come together with passionate advocates, self-advocates, experts, and professionals in the field to learn about key issues.

The event is packed with informative sessions from experts in the field, and opportunities to discuss key issues with others from your state. Armed with valuable information, the event culminates with the attendees converging on Capitol Hill to speak directly to their representatives about the high-priority issues that affect them most.

This event is hosted by The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

https://disabilitypolicyseminar.org/

HOTEL
The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202.898.9000

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World Autism Awareness Day

When:

April 2, 2019 12:00am

Location:

Details:

The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2019.

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, are lit up in blue in recognition of people living with autism. People wear blue to participate. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.

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Autism Awareness Month

When:

April 1, 2019 12:00am

Location:

Details:

April is World Autism Month, and we’re inviting friends and neighbors around the world to come together to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

Prevalence
In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
1 in 37 boys
1 in 151 girls
Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. 
Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2. 
31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ]

<70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above average range (i.e., IQ >

85).
Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
There is no medical detection for autism. 

Causes
Research indicates that genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases.
Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having autism.
Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2 to 18 percent chance of having a second child who is also affected.
Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has autism, the other will be affected about 36 to 95 percent of the time. In non-identical twins, if one child has autism, then the other is affected about 31 percent of the time. 
Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.

Intervention and Supports
Early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills, as well as underlying brain development. 
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) and therapies based on its principles are the most researched and commonly used behavioral interventions for autism.
Many children affected by autism also benefit from other interventions such as speech and occupational therapy.
Developmental regression, or loss of skills, such as language and social interests, affects around 1 in 5 children who will go on to be diagnosed with autism and typically occurs between ages 1 and 3.

Autism Facts and Figures data from https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-facts-and-figures

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Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Employment Support Day

When:

March 21, 2019 12:00am

Location: Arkansas - Statewide

Details:

Governor Hutchinson has proclaimed March 21, 2019, as Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Employment Support Day.

The Governor’s Office, in cooperation with the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), encourages all Arkansas businesses to take part by opening their businesses to individuals with developmental disabilities on Employment Support Day. Businesses can choose how they want to participate; a business could hold an “open house” that day to showcase certain jobs it offers, or a business could choose to allow an individual to shadow one of its employees performing job duties for an hour that day.

In the past year, more than 40 individuals with developmental disabilities have participated in the State’s Supported Employment Program, and these people have proven to be loyal and valuable employees. When given a chance, people with developmental disabilities show their tremendous talent and abilities. They want to contribute to their communities.

If you want to participate, DHS will be happy to highlight you as a participating business. Please respond to Yvette Swift (Yvette.Swift@dhs.arkansas.gov) by March 11, 2019 and let her know if you plan to take part. Please send the name and contact information of the person who will coordinate participation for your business. Feel free to let us know how you plan to participate or if you need to limit your participation to a certain number of individuals for a specific time frame on that day.

We hope you will participate on March 21 to help encourage inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities in the workplace. DHS believes that employers will see the capability of these individuals during this interaction. The ultimate hope is that Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Employment Support Day will lead to more employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in their communities across the state.

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

March 14, 2019 1:00pm

Location: Arkansas State Capitol, Room 130, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding a quarterly business meeting at the Arkansas State Capitol, in Room 130, located at 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Agenda:
I.    Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Welcome and Guest Introductions
IV. Announcements
V. Approve December 14, 2018 Meeting Minutes
VI. Council Staff Update
• Report on Funded Project Status
• Council Budget Report
• Federal Report Update
VII. Reports from Committee Chairs
A. Executive Committee Update
B. Nominating Committee Update
C.  Public Policy & Outreach Committee Update
• Marketing & Outreach Update - Mangan Holcomb Partners (MHP)
• Federal Update
VIII. Council Education & Training  
• Council Member Training
IX. DD Network Update – Tom Masseau, DRA & David Deere, UA Partners
X. Self-Advocacy Updates
• SAND Project - Mr. Darren Morris
XI. New Business and Announcements
• Upcoming Dates and Events
• Arkansas People First Rally – Capitol Steps @ 2:30 p.m.
XII. Adjourn

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, March 8, 2019. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Contact: Chloe Davenport 501‐682‐6890 or chloe.davenport@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Day at the Capitol

When:

March 14, 2019 10:00am

Location: Arkansas State Capitol

Details:

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! It is time to spread the word. The Arkansas Council’s 2019 theme is UNITED FOR INCLUSION.

Join us in highlighting the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form stronger, more diverse communities. We are united in fostering a more inclusive culture across Arkansas, because inclusion benefits everyone, enriching the lives of individuals with and without disabilities alike.

On March 14th we will have a Day at the Capitol. The day starts off with a press conference and a legislative advocacy event with our partners at Community of Champions (powered by Friendship Community Care). Community of Champions is an advocacy education program funded by the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, with the primary goal of developing every Arkansan into an advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Come to the Capitol and talk to your legislators. Let them know that the Arkansas IDD community deserves a piece of the legislative pie! And eat some pie!

The GCDD Arkansas will hold its quarterly business meeting at 1pm. Immediately following the meeting we will go out to the Capitol steps and join Arkansas People First at 2:30 for a rally.


DDAM Arkansas 2019 Schedule

03/04/2019 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Arkansas Kickoff at 10am-DDAM19 Proclamation Event with Governor Hutchinson, Gov’s Conf Room/State Capitol

03/14/2019       Gather @ Capitol Rotunda at 10:00 am for DDAM Day at the Capitol, Arkansas State Capitol

10:30 am Community of Champions Pi(e) Day at the Capitol,  A Legislative Advocacy Event, Capitol Rotunda, 2nd Floor
1:00 pm GCDD Quarterly Business Meeting, Committee Room 130
2:30 pm Arkansas People First Rally on the Capitol Steps

03/21/2019   Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Employment Support Day

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Arkansas Kickoff

When:

March 4, 2019 10:00am

Location: Arkansas State Capitol

Details:

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Arkansas 2019 Kickoff at the Arkansas State Capitol

Governor Hutchinson has proclaimed March as DD Awareness Month in Arkansas!

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDS) and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), along with other partners, will meet at the State Capitol on Monday, March 04, 2019 to kickoff DDAM Arkansas with the Governor. In attendance will be individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have been employed over the past year through supported employment services and/or as participants in the State Agency Model Employer (SAME) program.

DDAM Arkansas 2019 Schedule

03/04/2019 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Arkansas Kickoff at 10am-DDAM19 Proclamation Event with Governor Hutchinson, Gov’s Conf Room/State Capitol

03/14/2019         Gather @ Capitol Rotunda at 10:00 am for DDAM Day at the Capitol, Arkansas State Capitol

10:30 am Community of Champions Pi(e) Day at the Capitol,  A Legislative Advocacy Event, Capitol Rotunda, 2nd Floor
1:00 pm GCDD Quarterly Business Meeting, Committee Room 130
2:30 pm Arkansas People First Rally on the Capitol Steps

03/21/2019     Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Employment Support Day

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2019: United for Inclusion

When:

March 1, 2019 12:00am

Location: National Event / Arkansas Event

Details:

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about inclusion by having people with and without disabilities sharing their stories about living their lives, side by side.

This year’s Arkansas theme is “United for Inclusion!” Join us in highlighting the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form stronger, more diverse communities. Together, we can do more to sustain the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all areas of community life. We are united in fostering an inclusive culture across Arkansas, because inclusion benefits everyone, enriching the lives of individuals with and without disabilities alike. During this month, we want people to share their stories, photos, and resources far and wide to expand the conversation on community inclusion.

The GCDD is collaborating with DHS-DDS, FCC Community of Champions and many other Arkansas DD Network partners on the 2019 Campaign. DHS-DDS’s 2019 theme is “We AR Community” and focuses on inclusive communities and supporting employment of people with IDD in the community. Community of Champions is hosting a legislative advocacy event at the Capitol.

History of DDAM
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” Though our mission remains largely the same, so much has changed since 1987. While we still aim to increase public awareness, our focus has shifted to the importance of inclusion and acceptance.

National DDAM Campaign Weekly Focus Areas:
March 1 –8: Education  
March 11 –15: Employment  
March 18 –22: Community Living
March 25 –29: General

DDAM Arkansas 2019 Schedule
03/04/2019
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Arkansas Kickoff Collaboration with DHS-DDS and other partners
10am DDAM19 Proclamation Event with Governor Hutchinson in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol
03/14/2019
10 am-Gather @ Capitol Rotunda for DDAM Day at the Arkansas State Capitol
10:30 am-Community of Champions Pi(e) Day in the Capitol Rotunda, 2nd Floor - A Legislative Advocacy Event
12:30 pm-GCDD Members Meeting & Photos with Gov. Hutchinson
1:00 pm-GCDD Quarterly Business Meeting in Committee Room 130
2:30 pm-Arkansas People First Rally on the Capitol Steps
03/21/2019
Arkansas Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Employment Support Day
Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed March 21, 2019, as Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Employment Support Day. The Governor’s Office, in cooperation with the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDS), encourages all Arkansas businesses to take part by opening their businesses to individuals with developmental disabilities on Employment Support Day. Businesses can choose how they want to participate; a business could hold an “open house” that day to showcase certain jobs it offers, or a business could choose to allow an individual to shadow one of its employees performing job duties for an hour that day. If you want to participate, DHS will be happy to highlight you as a participating business. Please respond to Yvette Swift (Yvette.Swift@dhs.arkansas.gov) by March 11, 2019.

Please contact the GCDD staff by emailing assiah.lewellen@dfa.arkansas.gov with info on events, stories, photos, and resources you want to share. Together we can do more to make DDAM Arkansas 2019 a success!

On social media search for and use the hashtag #DDawareness19

Resources are available at https://nacdd.org/ddam/ and on the GCDDAR website https://gcdd.arkansas.gov/advocacy/detail/march-is-developmental-disabilities-awareness-month

The national campaign is a partnership between AUCD, NACDD and NDRN:
AUCD - The Association of University Centers on Disabilities https://www.aucd.org/template/index.cfm
NACDD - The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities https://nacdd.org/
NDRN - The National Disability Rights Network http://www.ndrn.org/index.php

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Congratulations 2019 ACCESS Stars!

When:

February 22, 2019 11:16am

Location:

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas congratulates the 2019 ACCESS Stars honorees! 

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, ACCESS staff and guests at the annual event, Starry Starry Night, honored individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on the success of the organization.

2019 ACCESS Stars
Employee Igniting Potential: Monika Garner-Smith, ACCESS Co-Founder and Early Childhood Director
Faithful Foundation Supporter: The Philip R. Jonsson Foundation
Dedicated Community Supporter: Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, The Keet Family
Shining Stars, the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) ACCESS Interns: Lily Clark, Taylor Ford, Tripp Gleason, Beau Hammons, Nicholas Jones, Gatlin Vogelsegang

About ACCESS
ACCESS is a 501c3 nonprofit offering evaluation services, full-time education, therapy, training and activities for individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1994, the center comprises ACCESS Early Childhood Program, ACCESS Academy, ACCESS Therapy, ACCESS Academic Therapy (specialized tutoring), ACCESS Life, Project SEARCH Arkansas: ACCESS Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center. The ACCESS Stella Boyle Smith Early Childhood campus is located at 10618 Breckenridge Drive in Little Rock, Arkansas. The ACCESS Academy and Young Ault Campus is located at 1500 North Mississippi Street in Little Rock, Arkansas.

About the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) ACCESS Interns/The Independence Project:
The Independence Project, a grant received from the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), the horticulture program has been able to expand its hydroponic and aeroponic growing systems and hire
nine paid interns with developmental disabilities—significantly increasing the impact that the ACCESS horticulture program can have not only on the lives of those with special needs, but also on the community as a whole. This expansion is among other initiatives within the Independence Project helping to promote independence among individuals with developmental disabilities.

The ACCESS® horticulture program is more than just plants. It’s designed to not only build upon school-aged classroom curriculum, but also impart vital social and vocational skills that can help individuals with special needs plan for future employment and exciting new opportunities. Under the guidance of the ACCESS horticulture program, ACCESS Academy students and young adults in the ACCESS Life program grow herbs and micro greens using the
organization’s HydroCycle Vertical Aeroponic Systems. They also help to care for a wide variety of plants and flowers that the horticulture program makes available to the community during semi-annual plant sales.

More information on the ACCESS Independence and VIP Project:
https://accessgroupinc.org/education/vocation-innovation-project/

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AAF Sensory-Friendly Family Fun Night at the Museum of Discovery

When:

December 14, 2018 5:30pm

Location: Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Avenue #150, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Arkansas Autism Foundation Sensory-Friendly Family Fun Night at the Museum of Discovery

***UPDATE 12/7/18 THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT***

Please join us for a private sensory-friendly family night at the Museum of Discovery. The Museum of Discovery will provide various interactive shows which take into account sensory issues that might affect some of our children on the autism spectrum. Noise-canceling headphones and a quiet, low-stimulus area will be provided. Live animals will be presented and offered for attendees to pet. We will host a resource table and volunteers from local agencies will be on-hand to assist visitors at the various areas and fun exhibits.

Date and Time:
Fri, December 14, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST

Location:
Museum of Discovery
500 President Clinton Avenue #150
Little Rock, AR 72201

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sensory-friendly-family-fun-night-at-the-museum-of-discovery-tickets-51565225979

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

December 13, 2018 10:00am

Location: 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding a quarterly business meeting at Pulaski Technical College – South Campus, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI), in the Le Culinaire Room, at 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Agenda: TBA

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, December 7, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee

When:

December 5, 2018 2:00pm

Location: 1509 West 7th St, 1st Floor Conference Room, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy & Outreach Committee meeting will be in the DFA 1509 Building in the 1st Floor Conference Room, beginning at 2 pm. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on12/13/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, November 30, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chair
II. Roll Call
III. Approve May 25, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes
IV. Messaging Update
V. Legislation and Federal Updates
      Erin Prangley, Director, Public Policy (from Washington, DC, via Teleconference)
      National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
VI. Updates from State Agencies Represented on the Council
      ACE-Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
      ADE-Division of Learning Services-Special Education Unit
      DHS-Division of Provider Services & Quality Assurance
      DHS- Division of Medical Services
      DHS-Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
VII. Upcoming DD Events
VIII. New Business
IX. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

December 5, 2018 10:00am

Location: 1509 West 7th St, 1st Floor Conference Room, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be held in the DFA 1509 Building in the 1st Floor Conference Room, beginning at 10 am. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the next quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/13/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, November 30, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chairman Katherine Donoven
II. Roll Call
III. Approve September 11, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes
IV. Project Status Report Update FY18 & FY19
      -Subgrants
      -Intergovernmental Agreements (IA)
      -Emergency Preparedness
      -Needs Assessment
V. State Plan Report Update
VI. New Business
VII. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting NOV

When:

November 28, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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2018 Lifespan Respite Awareness Day

When:

November 8, 2018 10:00am

Location: Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition
2018 Lifespan Respite Awareness Day Event at the State Capitol

Caregivers and advocates will gather in the Rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol to celebrate caregivers and to highlight their need for respite, which is getting a break from their responsibilities.

The lifespan Respite Coalition advocates for expanding respite options in our state.

There is no cost for attending the event and no registration required. For more information, call 1-866-801-3435

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ELECTION DAY - USA

When:

November 6, 2018 12:00am

Location:

Details:

Register. Educate. Vote! Use Your Power.
#REVUP
#PlantoVote2018

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Arkansas ABLE Program Launch Day

When:

October 25, 2018 12:00am

Location: Arkansas

Details:

The Arkansas ABLE program launched on October 25th, 2018, with a press conference at the State Capitol.

For more info go to https://savewithable.com/ar/home.html

What is an ABLE account? A program administered by the Arkansas Treasurer of State’s office. ABLE Accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, were created as a result of the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or better known as the ABLE Act

There’s no limit to what people with disabilities can do. Now, that includes saving, too. With AR ABLE, you can save for qualified disability expenses without losing your eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid. What kind of saver are you?

Plan highlights:
-Save with special tax advantages.
-The earnings on your investments are federally tax-deferred and tax-free, if used for qualified disability expenses.
  (That can help your savings compound, earning returns on your returns.)
-Maintain your current benefits.
  (Balances of $100,000 or less are excluded from your SSI resource limit. Only the amount OVER $100,000 is counted against your limit, along with assets held in non-ABLE accounts. If your account causes you to exceed the
  SSI resource limit, then your SSI benefits will be suspended until the account balance no longer exceeds your resource limit. You’ll continue to be eligible for Medicaid, regardless of your account balance.)
-Open an account in minutes.
  (Just tell us a little bit about yourself and select your investments. That’s it. You can easily access your account at any time, from a PC, tablet, or mobile device.)
-Get started with as little as $25.
-Make withdrawals easily.
-Avoid hidden fees. (The annualized investment costs on assets per investment option range from 0.34% to 0.38%, depending on which investment option(s) you select. Each Account is charged an account maintenance fee of $15 each quarter. This fee can be discounted by $3.75 if you select email delivery for statements and confirmations. This fee can be discounted by another $1.25 if the Account Owner or Authorized Individual is a resident of Arkansas

With AR ABLE, you can access your savings by:
going online
calling
mailing a paper form
debit card or check, when you contribute to the Fifth Third Bank Checking Option

Who’s eligible?
Eligible individuals can open the account for themselves, or an authorized individual can open an account on their behalf. There are a few requirements that individuals with disabilities must meet to be able to have an account.
You’re eligible if:
Your disability was present before the age of 26; and
One of the following is true:
You are eligible for SSI or SSDI because of a disability
You experience blindness as determined by the Social Security Act; OR
You have a similarly severe disability with a written diagnosis from a licensed physician that can be produced if requested.
You must self-certify that you have one of the following:
Blindness as defined by the Social Security Act (SSA); OR
A medically determinable physical or mental impairment with marked severed function limitation that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 continuous months or result in death;
AND you must have a written disability-related diagnosis signed by a physician.
You must re-certify annually.
(Proof of eligibility is not required to open an account. However, you should maintain a record of your diagnosis, benefits verification letter or other relevant documents in the event that you are required to prove eligibility at a later time.)

What are Qualified Disability Expenses?
These are ANY expenses that are incurred as a result of living with a disability and are intended to improve your quality of life.
Qualified expenses include, but are not limited to:
Education
Health and wellness
Housing
Transportation
Legal fees
Financial management
Employment training and support
Assistive technology
Personal support services
Oversight and monitoring
Funeral and burial expenses

When savings is used for non-qualified expenses:
The earnings portion of the withdrawal will be treated as income, so it will be taxed at your tax rate, and will be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty and applicable state taxes.

Do I have to prove eligibility?
No. However, you should have a record of the doctor’s signed diagnosis, a benefits verification letter from the Social Security Administration or other relevant documentation for account verification, as needed.

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Post-Conference Youth Advocacy Day event at the State Capitol

When:

October 24, 2018 12:00am

Location: 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Details:

Post-Conference Youth Advocacy Day
(following the 2018 ARSILC Bi- Annual Cross Disability Conference)

A FREE advocacy and awareness event for youth with disabilities!
- For Young Advocates Up to Age 26 -

Youth Speaker: Bill Lucero

Allies, advocates, families, and friends are encouraged to attend and support the self-advocates.

October 24th, 2018 at the Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Call ARSILC at 501-372-0607 for More Info

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting-OCT

When:

October 24, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 24th
November 28th
December 26th

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The 2018 Bi-Annual Cross Disability Conference by ARSILC-Day 3

When:

October 23, 2018 12:00am

Location: 617 Broadway St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The 2018 Bi-Annual Cross Disability Conference
by ARSILC (Arkansas State Independent Living Council)

“Meeting at the Cross Roads for Independent Living”
When: October 21-23, 2018
Where: La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center
617 Broadway St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Conference Keynote Speakers: Tia Nelis, Juliana Huerena, and Bill Lucero

There will be a Post-Conference Youth Advocacy Day event, on 08/24/18, at the State Capitol, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.

Call ARSILC at 501-372-0607 for More Info

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The 2018 Bi-Annual Cross Disability Conference by ARSILC-Day 2

When:

October 22, 2018 12:00am

Location: 617 Broadway St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The 2018 Bi-Annual Cross Disability Conference
by ARSILC (Arkansas State Independent Living Council)

“Meeting at the Cross Roads for Independent Living”
When: October 21-23, 2018
Where: La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center
617 Broadway St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Conference Keynote Speakers: Tia Nelis, Juliana Huerena, and Bill Lucero

Call ARSILC at 501-372-0607 for More Info

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The 2018 Bi-Annual Cross Disability Conference by ARSILC-Day 1

When:

October 21, 2018 12:00am

Location: 617 Broadway St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The 2018 Bi-Annual Cross Disability Conference
by ARSILC (Arkansas State Independent Living Council)
“Meeting at the Cross Roads for Independent Living”
When: October 21-23, 2018
Where: La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center
617 Broadway St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Conference Keynote Speakers: Tia Nelis, Juliana Huerena, and Bill Lucero

Call ARSILC at 501-372-0607 for More Info

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Arkansas Disability Policy Consortium (ADPC) 2018 Disability Policy Summit

When:

October 3, 2018 8:30am

Location: Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, 707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR

Details:

October 3, 2018 at the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, 707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR

Summit Day Registration
$35.00 each for individuals with a disability, family members or partners
$125.00 for others, including professionals

Summary of topics that may be discussed:
Health Care - Possible discussion items include:  access to healthcare services; implementation of PASSE system in Arkansas
Employment - Possible discussion items include:  increase support employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities; Employment First opportunities.
Education - Possible discussion items include:  moving away from segregated settings; increasing daycare and after school programs for students with disabilities; the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
Transportation - Possible discussion items include:  lack of accessible transportation throughout the state.
Housing - Possible discussion items include:  increase accessible affordable housing for individuals with disabilities to live independently; universal design for all new multi-dwelling housing; Arkansas Housing Trust Fund.

8:30-9:45 am Registration
10:00-10:15 am Welcome
3:00 pm Conference Closes

“Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does.” - Justin Dart

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Member Training Retreat-Day One

When:

September 17, 2018 4:00pm

Location: 2027 State Park Entrance Road, Bismarck, AR 71929

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding it’s annual member training retreat beginning at 4 pm on Monday, September 17th at the DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, 2027 State Park Entrance Road, Bismarck, AR 71929. Day two of the retreat will include the September quarterly full Council business meeting at 1 pm on 09/18/18 in the Eagle Room.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA
4-6 pm Check-in
6-7 pm Member and Staff Relations Development, Welcome Guests
7-8:30 pm Dinner (with Speaker at 7:30pm for Member/Staff Continuing Education)
8:30-10 pm Member/Staff/Guest Social

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Member Training Retreat-Day Two

When:

September 18, 2018 7:30am

Location: 2027 State Park Entrance Road, Bismarck, AR 71929

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will continue it’s annual member training retreat beginning at 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 18th at the DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, 2027 State Park Entrance Road, Bismarck, AR 71929. Day two of the retreat includes the September quarterly full Council business meeting at 1 pm on 09/18/18 in the Eagle Room.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
8:30-9:30am Speakers (Emergency Preparedness)
9:45-10:45am Member Continuing Education
11am-Noon Legislative Update
Noon-1pm Lunch
1-3pm Quarterly Business Meeting (see separate calendar event/agenda)

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

September 18, 2018 1:00pm

Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, Eagle Room, 2027 State Park Entrance Road, Bismarck, AR 71929

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will continue it’s annual member training retreat on Tuesday, September 18th with the quarterly full Council business meeting beginning at 1 pm on 09/18/18 in the Eagle Room of the DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge in Bismarck, AR 71929.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

AGENDA
I. Call to Order – Chris Johnson, Chairman
II. Roll Call
III. Welcome and Guest Introductions
IV. Approve June 14, 2018 Meeting Minutes
V. Council Staff Update
• In-Kind & Travel Request (TR) Form Review
• Report on Funded Project Status
• Council Budget Report
• FY 18 Federal Report Update
VI. Reports from Committee Chairs
A. Executive Committee Update - Chris Johnson, Chair
B. Nominating Committee Update – Stacey Sebree, Chair
• Recommendations of Prospective Future Appointees and/or Reappointments to Council
C. State Plan & Implementation Committee Update – Katherine Donoven, Chair
• Proposed Official Organizational Definitions of Cultural Competence and Linguistic Competence
• Discussion Regarding Language Assistance and Implementation Plan (Language Access Plan)
• DD Suite New Function
D.  Public Policy & Outreach Committee Update – Mark George, Chair
• Marketing & Outreach Update-Mangan Holcomb Partners (MHP)
• Federal Update
VII. Council Education & Training
• Recap of Retreat
• Leadership Training
VIII. DD Network Update – Tom Masseau, DRA & David Deere, UA Partners
IX. Self-Advocacy Updates
• SAND Project-Mr. Darren Morris
X. New Business and Announcements
• Upcoming Dates and Events
XII. Adjourn


Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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6th Annual Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

When:

September 20, 2018 8:30am

Location: 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118

Details:

“Arkansas None for Nine”
6th Annual Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Description: This conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will provide the latest information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the most common cause of preventable developmental disabilities. For information, contact Carol Rangel at rangelcf@archildrens.org or 501-258-1014.

Where is the conference located? The conference will be held at Pulaski Technical College, located at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock. The event will be in the Grand Hall of the Campus Center Building.

Parking is free.

YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE ON THE EVENTBRITE WEBSITE:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arkansas-6th-annual-conference-on-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-2018-tickets-47818439239

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

When:

October 1, 2018 12:00am

Location: Nationwide

Details:

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
Join us in the month of October to encourage an increase in participation in the workforce by individuals with disabilities, ensuring that America’s workforce includes Americans of ALL abilities.

2018 Theme For National Disability Employment Awareness Month - “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”

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GCDD Nominating Committee Meeting

When:

September 12, 2018 10:00am

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, First Floor, Room 101, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Nominating Committee meeting will be held on September 12, 2018 at 10:00 am at the DFA 1515 Building, on the 1st Floor, in Room 101. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council business meeting scheduled on 09/18/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by noon on Monday, September 10, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chair
II. Roll Call
III. Approve December 5, 2017 Committee Meeting Minutes  
IV. Review of Nominating Committee Duties and Processes
V. Discuss and Approve List of Prospective Future Appointee and/or Reappointment Recommendations to Council
VI. New Business
VII. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

September 11, 2018 10:00am

Location: 1515 West 7th St, Room 500, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be held in the DFA 1515 Building on the 5th floor in Room 500, beginning at 10 am. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the next quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 09/18/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, September 7, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
  I. Call to Order – Chairman Katherine Donoven
  II. Roll Call
  III. Approve June 5, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes
  IV. Project Status Report Update
  V. DD Suite - New Available Function
  VI. State Plan Report Update
VII. Discussion Regarding
    -Define cultural competence
    -Define linguistic competence
    -Developing a language access plan (language assistance guidelines with implementation plan)
VIII. New Business
  IX. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Inclusive Job Fair-Jonesboro

When:

July 25, 2018 10:00am

Location: St. Bernard’s Auditorium, 505 E Washington Avenue, Jonesboro, AR 72401

Details:

Employing Possibilities, an Arkansas Support Network initiative funded by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, is hosting an inclusive job fair. Employing Possibilities Job Fairs are aimed towards job seekers with developmental disabilities, but is inclusive for all individuals with disabilities.

10 am - 2 pm on 07/12/2018 at St. Bernard’s Auditorium, 505 E Washington Avenue, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Contact: Kasi Miller Vocational Services Coordinator, ASN / Project Coordinator
Office 479-927-4100, Ext. 2284 | Mobile 479-644-7346
Email kmiller@supports.org

http://www.supports.org/programs/employing-possibilities/

https://gcdd.ar.gov

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PRESS RELEASE-Governor’s Council on DD Promotes National Disability Voter Registration Week

When:

July 18, 2018 9:13am

Location:

Details:

NEWS - For Immediate Release
Information Contact:  Eric Munson, Executive Director, 501-682-2912, eric.munson@dfa.arkansas.gov

Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities promotes National Disability Voter Registration Week July 16-20

LITTLE ROCK (July 18, 2018) – The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council) is encouraging Arkansans with a developmental disability (DD) to take part in National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 16 through July 20, by registering to vote either in person or by mail.

“Though individuals with DD may face barriers of transportation to or assistance at polling stations, it is imperative Arkansans with DD have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in local, state and national elections,” said Eric Munson, the Council’s executive director. “By voting, individuals with DD can make their voice heard on issues to protect their rights and benefits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicaid, housing, transportation and more.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of individuals with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing equal opportunities in employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

Arkansans can register to vote in person at a local county clerk’s office or Department of Motor Vehicles locations. To locate a county clerk’s office, DMV or to complete a mail-in Arkansas voter registration application, visit DMV.org/ar-arkansas/voter-registration.php.

For more information about the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and its mission, visit GCDD.ar.gov and follow the Council on Facebook and Twitter.

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Central Arkansas Voter Training

When:

July 18, 2018 10:00am

Location: Four Points Sheraton, 925 S University Ave, Room: Arkansas B, Little Rock, AR 72204

Details:

We encourage you to attend this Voter Training event on July 18th in Little Rock. This training is for individuals with disabilities to learn about their rights and responsibilities to vote.  Individuals will also hear about what is happening nationally on voting issues. Our voices need to be heard. As Justin Dart said, “Vote as if your life depends on it – because it does!”

You Are Invited!
Central Arkansas Voter Training
Date: July 18, 2018
Time:  10 am to 2 pm (lunch provided)
Location:  Four Points Sheraton, 925 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72204
Room:  Arkansas B

Presenters include:
Darren Morris and Eric Treat – Self Advocates (Arkansas)
Michelle Bishop, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Advocacy Specialist

To register, please call 1.800.482.1174 or email info@disabilityrightsar.org. 
Deadline to register is July 11, 2018.

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Inclusive Job Fair-Little Rock

When:

July 12, 2018 10:00am

Location: 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Employing Possibilities, an initiative funded by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, is hosting an inclusive job fair. Employing Possibilities Job Fairs are aimed towards job seekers with developmental disabilities, but is inclusive for all individuals with disabilities.

10 am - 2 pm on 07/12/2018 at the Arkansas State Capitol Building, Rotunda, 2nd Floor, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

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PRESS RELEASE-Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Meets Federal Compliance Bar

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June 25, 2018 12:00am

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NEWS - For Immediate Release
Information Contact:  Eric Munson, Executive Director, 501-682-2912, eric.munson@dfa.arkansas.gov

Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities meets federal compliance bar, is better positioned to support the Arkansas DD community into the future

LITTLE ROCK (June 25, 2018) – The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities’ three and one-half years early completion of a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) has paved the way for the Council to move forward in overseeing the implementation of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act).

“It is exciting to know the dedication and hard work by our Council have allowed us to accelerate the completion of our CAP and to do so far ahead of schedule,” said Eric Munson, the Council’s executive director. “We hope other states seeking to make turnarounds will view Arkansas as a model and use some of our best practices to help them achieve success.”

The completion of the CAP brought Arkansas’s Council into compliance with the DD Act. This allowed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to remove the “high-risk” status that was placed on the Council in 2015.

“The Council’s turnaround is phenomenal,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “Just three years ago, the federal Department of Health and Human Services classified the Council as ‘high risk,’ cut funding and limited its activities. Through its strong leadership and hard work, a completely revamped Council responded to the challenge and resolved critical issues. Congratulations and thank you to the Council for overcoming the obstacles and leading the way. This is the way Arkansas does things.”

The DD Act provides federal funds so that people with developmental disabilities has access to and participates in all aspects of community life. The Council – alongside partners in the statewide DD Network – oversees the implementation of the DD Act in Arkansas by connecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the resources and programs they need to be independent, productive, integrated and included into all parts of community life.

The current Council was created by Governor Hutchinson via an Executive Order on July 30, 2015. The governor’s action came after AIDD and ACL suspended the Council’s authority to administer federal program funds to support implementation of the DD Act in Arkansas. He appointed an all-new, 23-
member governing board; a new executive director, Eric Munson of Little Rock, and three new staff members were hired.

“The Council’s diligent work and great accomplishment have allowed us to look to the future for Arkansans with developmental disabilities by creating opportunities for integration, inclusion and independence,” Council Chairman Chris Johnson said. 

“The support from key leaders, including the governor, of the developmental disabilities community through the Council’s work creates opportunities for advocacy, capacity-building and systems change to flourish. …” Sheryl Matney, director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities’ Information & Technical Assistance Center for Councils on Developmental Disabilities. “The Council is addressing complex issues and developing and fostering key relationships with stakeholders working on issues important to people with developmental disabilities and their families.”

For more information about the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and its mission, visit GCDD.ar.gov and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

June 14, 2018 10:00am

Location: 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding a quarterly business meeting Thursday, June 14th at 10:00 AM at the U of A Pulaski Technical College (Little Rock-South Campus), in the Crain Community Room located at 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, June 8th, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chris Johnson, Chairman
II. Roll Call
III. Welcome and Guest Introductions
IV. Approve March 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes
V. Council Staff Update
    • Report on Funded Project Status
    • Council Budget Report
VI. Reports from Committee Chairs
    A. Executive Committee Update - Chris Johnson, Chair
    B. Nominating Committee Update – Stacey Sebree, Chair
    C. Oversight Committee Update – David Deere, Chair
    Ms. Allison Cruz, MS Ed., Director, Office of Innovation
    Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)
    (from Washington, DC, via Teleconference)
    • Corrective Action Plan (CAP)
    • FY 2017 Program Performance Report (PPR)
    • Notice of Award FY 18 Funding
D. State Plan & Implementation Committee Update – Katherine Donoven, Chair
    • Recommendations for FY 19 funding
E. Public Policy & Outreach Committee Update – Mark George, Chair
    • Marketing & Outreach Update
    Ms. Julie Robbins, Director of Client Services
    Mangan Holcomb Partners (MHP)
    • Federal Update
VII. Council Education & Training
VIII. DD Network Update – Tom Masseau, DRA & David Deere, UA Partners
    • Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) Conference
IX. Self-Advocacy Updates
    • Champion Program
    Ms. Nancy Draughon, J.D., Advocacy Coordinator
    Friendship Community Care
X. New Business and Announcements
    • Upcoming Dates and Events
XI. Roundtable lunch speakers – discussion on DD Employment Opportunities representing the Arkansas Business Leadership Network.
    • Mr. Rodney Chandler
    Director of Business Engagement
    Arkansas Department of Career Education, Rehab Services
    • Ms. Ashley Johnson Cross
    Corporate Business Engagement Manager
    Arkansas Department of Career Education, Rehab Services
    • Mr. Jon Taylor, Manager
TJ Maxx, TJX Companies Inc.
XII. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD Oversight Committee Meeting

When:

June 12, 2018 1:00pm

Location: 1509 West 7th Street, 1st floor Conference Room 102, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

UPDATE: THIS MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED - Meeting will now be at the DFA 1509 Building on the First Floor in Room 102.

This committee meeting will begin at 1pm. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 06/14/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, June 8th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chair
II. Roll Call
III. Approve November 30, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes
IV. Corrective Action Plan Status Update
V. Review FY 2017 Program Performance Report (PPR)
VI. Notice of Award FY 18 Funding
VII. New Business
VIII. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) National Conference 2018-DAY 1

When:

June 7, 2018 8:30am

Location: 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas is proud to be one of the host organizations for this national self-advocacy conference by Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). SABE is a national self-advocacy organization in the US. SABE has a national board made up of regional representatives and members from every state in the US. SABE’s mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered National Conference 2018-DAY 1
“Let’s Make It Happen-Disability Rights are Civil Rights!
June 7, 2018

Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center
2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203

http://sabeconference.org/

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

June 5, 2018 1:00pm

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, 5th floor Conference Room, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be held in the DFA 1515 Building on the 5th floor in Room 500, beginning at 1pm. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the next quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 06/14/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, June 1st, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chairman Katherine Donoven
II. Roll Call
III. Approve May 21, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes
IV. Risk assessment by Council staff for established Sub-grants (5) & Inter-Agency Agreements (2) supporting recommendation on FY 19 funding. Supporting documentation used for risk assessment:
      A. Logic Model  
      B. Work Plan
      C. At-A-Glance – 5Yr. Plan Status
      D. 2nd Quarter Performance Reports
      E. Project Status overview with information for each project
V. New Business
VI. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) National Conference 2018-DAY 3

When:

June 9, 2018 7:30am

Location: 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas is proud to be one of the host organizations for this national self-advocacy conference by Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). SABE is a national self-advocacy organization in the US. SABE has a national board made up of regional representatives and members from every state in the US. SABE’s mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered National Conference 2018-DAY 3
“Let’s Make It Happen-Disability Rights are Civil Rights!
June 9, 2018

Day 3 ends with the Dance Party from 8:15 PM-11:00 PM
with DJ Baker Enterprises

Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center
2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203

http://sabeconference.org/

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Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) National Conference 2018-DAY 2

When:

June 8, 2018 7:30am

Location: 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas is proud to be one of the host organizations for this national self-advocacy conference by Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). SABE is a national self-advocacy organization in the US. SABE has a national board made up of regional representatives and members from every state in the US. SABE’s mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered National Conference 2018-DAY 2
“Let’s Make It Happen-Disability Rights are Civil Rights!
June 8, 2018

Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center
2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203

http://sabeconference.org/

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Free Self-Advocate Training - Northeast Arkansas Region

When:

May 18, 2018 10:00am

Location: Centennial Bank, 2901 East Highland Lane, Jonesboro 72401

Details:

Free self-advocate training opportunity in Jonesboro, AR. Lunch is provided. To register or provide dietary restrictions, please call 1.800.582.1174 or email info@disabilityrightsar.org.  Deadline to register is 05/15/18.

Training by Darren Morris, Arkansas Statewide Self-advocate Coordinator for the SAND Project and Disability Rights Arkansas. This training is made possible through an agreement, authorized under Public Law 106-402, between the University of Arkansas – Partners for Inclusive Communities and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with Disability Rights Arkansas.

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

May 21, 2018 2:00pm

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, 5th floor Conference Room, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be in the DFA 1515 Building on the fifth floor in room 500. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the next quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 06/14/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Monday, May 14th, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chairman Katherine Donoven
II. Roll Call
III. Approve February 15, 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes
IV. Discussion and Consideration of:                         
• Changes to 2016 Federal Funding
• GCDD Staff recommendation for Project Funding
V. New Business
VI. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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2018 Arkansas Rural Development Conference-DAY 1

When:

May 22, 2018 9:00am

Location: 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

2018 Arkansas Rural Development Conference-DAY 1
Location: Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center and Marriott Hotel
Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 376-4781
Little Rock Marriott Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 906-4000
Date: May 22, 2018
Conference Contact: Alex Johnston, 501-682-6011, ajohnston@arkansasedc.com
Conference Website: http://ruralservices.arkansas.gov/conference-info/

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2018 Arkansas Rural Development Conference-DAY 2

When:

May 23, 2018 8:30am

Location: 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

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2018 Arkansas Rural Development Conference-DAY 2
Location: Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center and Marriott Hotel
Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 376-4781
Little Rock Marriott Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 906-4000
Date: May 23, 2018
Conference Contact: Alex Johnston, 501-682-6011, ajohnston@arkansasedc.com
Conference Website: http://ruralservices.arkansas.gov/conference-info/

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

May 23, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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2018 Arkansas Rural Development Conference-DAY 3

When:

May 24, 2018 8:30am

Location: 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

2018 Arkansas Rural Development Conference-DAY 3
Location: Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center and Marriott Hotel
Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 376-4781
Little Rock Marriott Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 906-4000
Date: May 24, 2018
Conference Contact: Alex Johnston, 501-682-6011, ajohnston@arkansasedc.com
Conference Website: http://ruralservices.arkansas.gov/conference-info/

11:30 a.m. Governor’s Luncheon & Awards Ceremony, Keynote: Governor Asa Hutchinson

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GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee Meeting

When:

May 25, 2018 10:00am

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy & Outreach Committee meeting will be in the DFA 1515 Building on the first floor in room 101. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 06/14/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, May 18th, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda: TBD

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting DEC

When:

December 26, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

September 26, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

August 22, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

July 25, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

June 27, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

April 25, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

2018 Meeting Schedule:
January 24th
February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 26th
November 28th
December 26th

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9th Annual Special Needs Concert: "The Role of Music in the Lives of Special Needs Children & Adult

When:

May 1, 2018 7:00pm

Location: 201 Olympic Drive, State University, Arkansas 72467

Details:

9th ANNUAL SPECIAL NEEDS CONCERT
Sponsored by the Treble Clef Club

When: Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Riceland Hall in the Arkansas State University Fowler Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
201 Olympic Drive, State University, Arkansas 72467              
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:00 pm  
                             
FREE ADMISSION

MC:  Trey Stafford
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Kelly Damphousse, Chancellor Arkansas State University

Dena Mueller, Singer
Vivian Hardin, Harpist
Thrillin’ Three:  Darren Lane, Hunter Rogers, Jonathan Lansford
Overcomers Choir
Joey Havdala, Singer
TRIPPP:  Treyson, John David & Chaz Stafford
Jonathan Lansford, Singer
Parker McCarthy, Violinist
Mitchell Griggs, Native American Flute Player
Hunter Rogers, Singer / Pianist
*Light of Grace Liturgical Dancers from Atlanta
Brandon Guo, Pianist
Beau Doty, Singer
Darren Lane, Singer
Chris Brodell, Trumpeter:  Treble Clef Club Scholarship
Sara Silas, Singer: Julia Lansford Vocal Scholarship

Artists:  Vivian Hardin, Jeremiah Knight, Beau Doty, Jacob Hall, Rees Hogue, Lyn Clements, Quo’ Drekkus McNeely

Contact:  Pat Qualls
501-416-8897
pqharp@gmail.com

Website:  theroleofmusic.com

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Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball 2018 - A Benefit for the Arkansas Autism Foundation

When:

April 26, 2018 6:30pm

Location: 523 S Louisiana St., Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball 2018

On April 26, 2018, Little Rock’s Annual Autism Awareness event to benefit the Arkansas Autism Foundation will be held at the Historic Lafayette Building in downtown Little Rock. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and musical entertainment by Andrew Splawn and Jose Holloway.  Bid on Fantasic Auction Items including beautiful “Master Pieces” artwork from local artists, dinners out, hotel stays, jewelry and much more!

The color of the evening is BLUE to celebrate autism awareness month! Need ideas on what to wear to a Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball?  It’s hip, it’s chic, with all of Little Rock’s ambience and double the fun.  It’s wear what you feel amazing in! Gentlemen: Urban chic with your blue jeans on your bottom half.
Ladies: Get glammed up in your most fabulous jeans or wear that beautiful blue dress.

Event is hosted by the Arkansas Autism Foundation. 

Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. Sponsorships are available, please contact Dawn Itzkowitz at 501-951-0115 or brycesbrigade@comcast.net for more information.

Historic Lafayette Building
523 S Louisiana St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

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2018 Arkansas Autism Foundation Autism Festival and Walk

When:

March 31, 2018 10:00am

Location: War Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205

Details:

2018 Arkansas Autism Foundation Autism Festival and Walk

Please join us for our second annual Autism Festival and Walk hosted by the Arkansas Autism Foundation. The event is FREE and includes entertainment, refreshments, fun activities, bounce houses and an autism resource fair. We will also be hosting an Easter Egg hunt at the event due to the date change. Invite your family and friends to walk with us in this one mile family friendly walk. Get decked out in your own team t-shirts and bring your signs and banners to raise awareness in the community. Event is free but donations are always welcomed and accepted. Check back closer to the date for a more detailed schedule of events.

Date and Time
Sat, March 31, 2018
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

Location
War Memorial Stadium
1 Stadium Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

Schedule
10:00 a.m. - Event Opens and Entertainment Begins
12:15 p.m. - Walk Begins

Contact ArkansasAutismFoundation@gmail.com or call 501-951-0115

Tickets
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-arkansas-autism-foundation-autism-festival-and-walk-tickets-40863778662

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ARSILC 6th Annual Day at the Capitol for Arkansans with Disabilities

When:

April 19, 2018 9:00am

Location: Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Sixth Annual Day at the Capitol for Individuals with Disabilities April 19, 2018
Hosted by the Arkansas State Independent Living Council
State Capitol 2nd Floor-Rotunda
An educational event open to the public.
More detail to be announced.

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AR PAC 5th Annual Famous Family Bistro Conference

When:

April 20, 2018 8:00am

Location: Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, 707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72202

Details:

AR PAC is the Arkansas Parent Advisory Council for CMS (Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children’s Medical Services). The PAC holds this conference annually. It is geared toward families of and providers of services for children with special health care needs. This conference will provide attendees with resources to help advocate for children and youth. This is an event by the Arkansas Parent Advisory Council for CMS, it is not a DHS-CMS event.

Space is limited, so registration is required. The $10.38 registration fee (in advance) covers lunch and a T-shirt. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-famous-family-bistro-tickets-41169649530

After registration payment, please send T-shirt size in an email to Cmspac90@yahoo.com

Arkansas PAC for CMS https://www.facebook.com/Arkansas-PAC-for-CMS-344433718908397

DATE AND TIME: Fri, April 20, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

For more information contact Rodney Farley 501-682-1461

LOCATION:  Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, 707 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72202

For room rates or directions call 501-708-1912
https://www.choicehotels.com/arkansas/little-rock/comfort-inn-hotels/ar115?source=gyxt

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2018 World Down Syndrome Day Celebration with Central Arkansas Buddy Talk

When:

March 21, 2018 5:00pm

Location: Burns Park-Pavilion 10, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Details:

Join Central Arkansas Buddy Talk ( https://www.facebook.com/Central-Arkansas-Buddy-Talk-461738347337384/ )
for a celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, March 21, 218, at Burns Park-Pavilion 10, North Little Rock, Arkansas, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Put on your blue and yellow attire and crazy socks and join us!
Music, games, cake walk, balloon release, door prizes and prizes for largest group and best WDSD attire!

Directions:
From I-40/US-65
Take Exit 150 for Military Drive,
Follow signs to Burns Park

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

March 28, 2018 6:30pm

Location: Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

Group meets rain or shine.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2018: See Me For Me

When:

March 1, 2018 12:00am

Location: National Event

Details:

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness by having people with and without disabilities sharing their stories about their lives, side by side.

This year’s theme is “See Me for Me!” It is all about looking beyond any disability to see everyone for who they are as a person, and not just as a person with a disability.
The weekly subthemes are:
March 1-9: See Me As Your Classmate – Education
March 12-16: See Me As Your Coworker – Employment
March 19-23: See Me As Your Neighbor – Community Living
March 26-30: See Me As Your Friend – General

On social media search for and use the hashtag #DDawareness18

Resources are available at https://nacdd.org/ddam/

This campaign is a partnership between AUCD, NACDD and NDRN:
AUCD - The Association of University Centers on Disabilities https://www.aucd.org/template/index.cfm
NACDD - The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities https://nacdd.org/
NDRN - The National Disability Rights Network http://www.ndrn.org/index.php

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AR APSE 5th Bi-Annual Employment 1st Conference “Employment: The Bridge to Inclusion” Day 1

When:

March 5, 2018 12:00am

Location: Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Dr., Little Rock, AR 72206

Details:

Arkansas Association of People Supporting Employment First is holding its 5th Bi-Annual Employment 1st Conference on March 5-7, 2018. “Employment: The Bridge to Inclusion”
There will be national and state speakers on the following topics:
Customized Employment -  Discovery Process – Informational Interviews
Project Search Success
Pre-Employment Transition Services
  Work based Learning
  School to Work
Employment the Capacity to Include Everybody
State agency collaboration for Transition
ABLE Act
Technology in the Workplace
Work Incentive Benefits
Social and Economic Integration of People with Disabilities
PASSE
Sheltered Workshops in Arkansas: Moving Away from Segregated Work toward Integrated Employment

For registration information contact Shayla Alexander at 501-296-1652 or by email Shayla.Alexander@arkansas.gov
For reservations call 501-490-1000, ask for Elizabeth Patton

http://apse.org/chapter/arkansas/

For more information about Arkansas Employment First Initiative, contact Sharon Mohammed at E1starkansas.dds@dhs.arkansas.gov or visit the website at https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dds/employment1stweb/#emp1-home

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AR APSE 5th Bi-Annual Employment 1st Conference “Employment: The Bridge to Inclusion” Day 2

When:

March 6, 2018 12:00am

Location: Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Dr., Little Rock, AR 72206

Details:

Arkansas Association of People Supporting Employment First is holding its 5th Bi-Annual Employment 1st Conference on March 5-7, 2018. “Employment: The Bridge to Inclusion”

There will be national and state speakers on the following topics:
Customized Employment -  Discovery Process – Informational Interviews
Project Search Success
Pre-Employment Transition Services
  Work based Learning
  School to Work
Employment the Capacity to Include Everybody
State agency collaboration for Transition
ABLE Act
Technology in the Workplace
Work Incentive Benefits
Social and Economic Integration of People with Disabilities
PASSE
Sheltered Workshops in Arkansas: Moving Away from Segregated Work toward Integrated Employment

For registration information contact Shayla Alexander at 501-296-1652 or by email Shayla.Alexander@arkansas.gov

For reservations call 501-490-1000, ask for Elizabeth Patton

http://apse.org/chapter/arkansas/

For more information about Arkansas Employment First Initiative, contact Sharon Mohammed at E1starkansas.dds@dhs.arkansas.gov or visit the website at
https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dds/employment1stweb/#emp1-home

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AR APSE 5th Bi-Annual Employment 1st Conference “Employment: The Bridge to Inclusion” Day 3

When:

March 7, 2018 12:00am

Location: Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Dr., Little Rock, AR 72206

Details:

Arkansas Association of People Supporting Employment First is holding its 5th Bi-Annual Employment 1st Conference on March 5-7, 2018. “Employment: The Bridge to Inclusion”

There will be national and state speakers on the following topics:
Customized Employment -  Discovery Process – Informational Interviews
Project Search Success
Pre-Employment Transition Services
  Work based Learning
  School to Work
Employment the Capacity to Include Everybody
State agency collaboration for Transition
ABLE Act
Technology in the Workplace
Work Incentive Benefits
Social and Economic Integration of People with Disabilities
PASSE
Sheltered Workshops in Arkansas: Moving Away from Segregated Work toward Integrated Employment

For registration information contact Shayla Alexander at 501-296-1652 or by email Shayla.Alexander@arkansas.gov

For reservations call 501-490-1000, ask for Elizabeth Patton

http://apse.org/chapter/arkansas/

For more information about Arkansas Employment First Initiative, contact Sharon Mohammed at E1starkansas.dds@dhs.arkansas.gov or visit the website at https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dds/employment1stweb/#emp1-home

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

March 8, 2018 11:00am

Location: State Capitol Building, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, Arkansas - First Floor, Room 130, the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee Room

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding a quarterly business meeting Thursday, March 8 at 11:00 AM in the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee Room (Room 130) on the first floor of the State Capitol Building, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Chairman Chris Johnson

II. Roll Call

III. Welcome and Guest Introductions

IV. Approve December 14, 2017 Meeting Minutes   

V. Council Staff Update
• Report on Funded Project Status
• Council Budget Report 
 Discuss DD Advocate Training Fund 

VI. Reports from Committee Chairs
a. Executive Committee Update
b. Nominating Committee Update  
c. Oversight Committee Update
      • Corrective Action Plan (CAP)    
d. Public Policy and Outreach Committee Update
      • DD Federal Update 
e. State Plan and Implementation Committee Update
      • Annual Work Plans FY19 & FY20 

VII. Council Education & Training

VIII. DD Network Update

IX. Self-Advocacy Updates
      • Darren Morris (SAND Project)

X. New Business and Announcements
      • Upcoming Dates and Events 
      • Arkansas People First Rally - Capital Steps @ 2:00PM

XI. Adjourn

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Friday, March 2nd, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Prior to and following the GCDD March quarterly business meeting, we will celebrate Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2018. You can join us at 2pm on the Capitol Steps to support a rally by Arkansas People First, a statewide self-advocacy organization!

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Arkansas People First Rally

When:

March 8, 2018 2:00pm

Location: Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Arkansas People First Rally on the Arkansas State Capitol Steps

Arkansas People First is a statewide self-advocacy organization. Members are individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across Arkansas. Please join members and allies as they unite to raise awareness about issues important to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Coordinator: Eric Treat, 501-517-5006, eric.treat@swbell.net

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2018 Disability Policy Seminar - Washington DC

When:

April 23, 2018 7:30am

Location: The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Details:

The 2018 Disability Policy Seminar will take place April 23-25, 2018 at the Renaissance Downtown - Washington, DC. http://disabilitypolicyseminar.org/
The Disability Policy Seminar is the premier opportunity to cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 40 years, this unique platform has offered the opportunity to come together with passionate advocates, self-advocates, experts, and professionals in the field to learn about key issues. The event is packed with informative sessions from experts in the field, and opportunities to discuss key issues with others from your state. Armed with valuable information, the event culminates with the attendees converging on Capitol Hill to speak directly to their representatives about the high-priority issues that affect them most.

This event is hosted by The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel,  999 Ninth Street, NW,  Washington, DC 20001
202.898.9000
2018 Room Rate:  $300.00 / night + tax
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE https://aws.passkey.com/gt/215551393?gtid=6bd02223c949ede920be3c0ad7ad272a

Registration Fees
Attendee Self-Advocate or Trainee Personal Care Attendant One-Day Fee
Standard $375.00 $255.00 $180.00 $250.00
Late $475.00 $355.00 $180.00 $350.00
On-Site $525.00 $355.00 $180.00 $375.00
Full registration fees include:
•A participant kit including conference materials and official bag
•Access to all official sessions
•Continental Breakfast – Monday & Tuesday
•Welcome Reception – Monday
•State Caucus Luncheon – Tuesday
•Breakfast on Capitol Hill – Wednesday

Standard Registration: Monday, January 8, 2018 – Monday, March 19, 2018
Late Registration: March 20, 2018 – April 18, 2018
REGISTER ONLINE HERE https://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x2724848abcd

Schedule at a Glance
This schedule is subject to change at any time as the program nears.  A full schedule of sessions and other meetings/receptions/events will be available beginning in January.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM The Arc’s Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Registration
2:30 PM – 7:30 PM AUCD Trainee Policy Summit
Monday, April 23, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Breakfast
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Opening General Session: Advancing a Disability Agenda
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch on Your Own
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions (3)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Breakout Sessions (3)
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Welcome Reception
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Networking Breakfast
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM General Session: Update on Medicaid and Social Security Programs
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions (3)
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM State Caucus Luncheon
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Breakout Sessions (3)
3:45 PM –  5:00 PM Closing General Session: Intersectionality and Rights
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Congressional Breakfast
All day – Hill visits scheduled by attendees.

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

February 15, 2018 2:00pm

Location: 1515 West 7th St, Room 500, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan & Implementation Committee meeting will be in the DFA 1515 Building on the fifth floor in room 500. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the next quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 03/08/2018.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Monday, February 12th, 2018. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chairman Katherine Donoven
II. Roll Call
III. Approve November 30, 2017 Committee Meeting Minutes
IV. Discussion and Consideration of:                         
      GCDD Staff recommendation for review of 2019 and 2020 work plans for submission to ACL
V. New Business
VI. Adjourn

Contact: Melissa Trostel-Hall 501‐682‐2897 or melissa.trostel-hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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AR SILC Second Annual Circle of Service Luncheon

When:

January 26, 2018 11:00am

Location: Arkansas Governor's Mansion

Details:

The Arkansas State Independent Living Council is proud to announce the 2018 “Second Annual Circle of Service Luncheon”.
This event is held to honor those individuals with or without disabilities and or businesses that have impacted the lives of individuals with disabilities in Arkansas. Individuals and/or families, businesses or organizations that have stood as “Change Agents” in service for individuals with disabilities or for themselves in the state of Arkansas. Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department will be Master of Ceremonies for the event. The guest speaker is Governor Hutchinson. Honorees will be recognized during a luncheon held at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in the Grand Hall. 
The event will take place Friday, January 26, 2017 beginning at 11:00 a.m. 

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

December 14, 2017 10:00am

Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, 2027 State Park Maintenance Rd, Bismarck, AR 71929-7308.

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding a quarterly business meeting on December 14, 2017 at 10:00 am, in the Eagle Room, at the DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge in Bismark, Arkansas. The lodge address is 2027 State Park Maintenance Rd, Bismarck, AR 71929-7308.

Location accessibility info available online here:  http://www.degray.com/accommodations/accessibility.aspx
General information on the State Park: http://www.degray.com/Default.aspx or call 877-879-2741

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations for the meeting, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Thursday, December 7th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov .

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chairman Chris Johnson
II. Roll Call
III. Welcome and Guest Introductions
IV. Approve September 14, 2017 Meeting Minutes   
V. Council Staff Update
• Report on Subgrant Status 
• Report on Inter-Agency Status 
• Council Budget Report 
VI. Reports from Committee Chairs
a. Executive Committee Update
b. Nominating Committee Update  
• Recommendations for Committee Assignments 
c. Oversight Committee Update
• Corrective Action Plan (CAP)    
d. Public Policy and Outreach Committee Update
• RFP Marketing Contract Update and Timetable 
• New Marketing Materials 
• PPO Committee Approval for GCDD Staff to Contract a Vendor for the Research & Development of an Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Resource Guide & a Vendor for Guide Production 
• DD Update on Tax Reform/Healthcare (Federal)  
e. State Plan and Implementation Committee Update
• GCDD Staff Update on ACC Amended Project Proposal 
• Process Developed by Staff Pursuant to Council Instruction Regarding the Approval Process & Reimbursement of Training Costs for Self-advocates on a Yearly Basis 
VII. Council Education & Training
VIII. DD Network Update
IX. Self-Advocacy Updates
• Darren Morris (SAND Project)
• Ke’Arus Henderson
X. New Business and Announcements
• First Step, Inc. - Carrie Hollis-Anthony
• Upcoming Dates and Events 
XI. Adjourn

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GCDD Nominating Committee Meeting

When:

December 5, 2017 2:00pm

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

A GCDD Nominating Committee Meeting will be held on September 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the DFA 1515 Building, on the 1st Floor, in Room 101. The address is 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/14/2017.

Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chair
II. Roll Call
III. Approve September 7, 2017 Committee Meeting Minutes  
IV. Review of Nominating Committee Duties and Processes
V. Recommend for Approval GCDD Committee Assignments  
  1. State Plan & Implementation
  2. Public Policy & Outreach
  3. Oversight
  4. Executive
VI. New Business
VII. Adjourn    

Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov with questions or concerns.

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GCDD Oversight Committee Meeting

When:

November 30, 2017 12:00pm

Location: 1515 West 7th St, Room 101, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

This committee meeting will be in the DFA 1515 Building on the first floor in room 101. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/14/2017.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Monday, November 27th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Chair

II. Roll Call

III. Approve September 8, 2017 Committee Meeting Minutes

IV. Corrective Action Plan Status Update

V. New Business

VI. Adjourn

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GCDD State Plan & Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

November 30, 2017 2:00pm

Location: 1515 West 7th St, Room 500, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

This committee meeting will be in the DFA 1515 Building on the fifth floor in room 500. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/14/2017.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Monday, November 27th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Chairman Katherine Donoven

II. Roll Call

III. Approve August 8, 2017 Committee Meeting Minutes

IV. Discussion and Consideration of:                         
      A.  GCDD Staff Update on ACC Amended Project Proposal
      B.  Process Developed by Staff Pursuant to Council Instruction Regarding the Approval Process and Reimbursement of
        Training Costs for Self-advocates on a Yearly Basis.   

V. New Business

VI. Adjourn

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GCDD Executive Committee Meeting

When:

December 1, 2017 9:00am

Location: Dillard's Corporate Office, 1600 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

This committee meeting will be held at the Dillard’s Corporate Office location. The meeting space/room is still to be determined. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/14/2017.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Monday, November 27th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Chair

II. Roll Call

III. Approve minutes for August 8, 2017 meeting

III. Recommendations - Chairman for Committees

IV. Agenda Items for Upcoming Quarterly Council Meeting Membership Recommendations:
    A. State Plan Committee Recommendations
    B. Public Policy & Outreach Committee Recommendations

V. Funding Update - Notice of Award

VI. Adjourn

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GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee Meeting

When:

December 1, 2017 10:00am

Location: 1515 West 7th St, Room 101, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

This committee meeting will be in the DFA 1515 Building on the first floor in room 101. The Committee is meeting to conduct regular business in preparation for the quarterly Council meeting scheduled on 12/14/2017. Attendees will also receive a policy update from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Director via teleconference.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Monday, November 27th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Chair

II. Roll Call

III. Approve September 12, 2017 Committee Meeting Minutes

IV. RFP Marketing Contract Update and Timetable

V. New Marketing Materials

VI. PPO Committee Approval for GCDD Staff to Contract a Vendor for the Research and Development of an Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Resource Guide and a Vendor for Guide Production

VII. DD Update on the Tax Reform/Healthcare Bill and Other Issues (from Washington, DC, via Teleconference)
    Erin Prangley, Director, Public Policy, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)

VIII. Updates from State Agencies Represented on the Council

IX. Upcoming DD events

X. New Business

XI. Adjourn

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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting

When:

November 29, 2017 6:30pm

Location: Downtown Library, 1st Floor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group Meeting
Next meeting is November 29th, 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 1stFloor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR
Topic this Month
Open Forum –November 29th
For more information: Lud Kozlowski
502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) | aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow ASD for fellowship and support! Spread the Word!

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Free Self-Advocate Training - Northeast Arkansas Region

When:

November 9, 2017 10:00am

Location: Centennial Bank, 2901 East Highland Lane, Jonesboro 72401

Details:

Free self-advocate training opportunity in Jonesboro, AR. Lunch is provided. To register or provide dietary restrictions, please call 1.800.582.1174 or email info@disabilityrightsar.org.  Deadline to register is 11/06/2017.

Training by Darren Morris, Arkansas Statewide Self-advocate Coordinator for the SAND Project and Disability Rights Arkansas. This training is made possible through an agreement, authorized under Public Law 106-402, between the University of Arkansas – Partners for Inclusive Communities and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with Disability Rights Arkansas.

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Deadline to Submit Questions on GCDD Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations RFP

When:

November 1, 2017 4:00pm

Location: OSP Website

Details:

Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Request for Proposal (RFP)
SOLICITATION # GCDD-18-001-17A
Deadline for questions regarding RFP:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Submit any questions requesting clarification of information contained in this Bid Solicitation in writing via email by 4:00 p.m., Central Time on or before November 1, 2017 to the OAS buyer as shown on page one (1) of this Bid Solicitation. 

Q & A will also be posted to the GCDD website on the Programs & Funding Page under Announcements.

OAS Buyer:  Alan Saugey
Email Address:  Alan.saugey@dfa.arkansas.gov

All questions and answers will be posted to the OSP website no later than close of business, 4:30 pm, on November 6, 2017

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Post Date for GCDD RFP for Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Services

When:

October 23, 2017 2:00pm

Location: OSP Website

Details:

Posted on 10/23/17 to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of State Procurement website:
http://www.arkansas.gov/dfa/procurement/bids/bid_info.php?bid_number=GCDD-18-001-17A

BID INFORMATION
Bid Number:  GCDD-18-001-17A
Agency:  Department of Finance & Administration
Amended:  Bid Updated on 10/27/2017 03:43 PM 10/27/2017 03:43 PM CDT
Opening Date & Time:  11/13/2017 02:00 PM CST
Description:  Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Buyer’s Email:  alan.saugey@dfa.arkansas.gov
BID OPENING LOCATION
Proposals will be opened at the Department of Finance & Administration, Office of Administrative Services
1515 West 7th Street, Suite 712
Little Rock, AR 72201

The Department of Finance & Administration/Office of Administrative Services (OAS) issues this request for proposal (RFP) on behalf of the Department of Finance & Administrations Office of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (DFA/GCDD) to obtain proposals and a contract for comprehensive advertising, marketing and public relations services.  These services, used in collaboration with the DFA/GCDD administrative staff shall develop and implement impactful and innovative communications effective in assisting the DFA/GCDD in achieving its business objectives and core mission.

The initial term of a resulting contract will be for two (2) years.  Upon mutual agreement by the Contractor and agency, the contract may be renewed by OAS for up to five (5) additional years not to exceed a total aggregate contract term of seven (7) consecutive years.  The listed requirements in the RFP are for over the 7 year life of the contract. The anticipated starting date for any resulting contract is 1-22-2018, except that the actual contract start date may be adjusted forward unilaterally by the State for up to three calendar months.

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ACL's National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration Webcast

When:

November 1, 2017 1:00pm

Location: Online - Webcast

Details:

ACL’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration Webcast 11/01/17 at 2 pm ET
Please join ACL for a National Disability Employment Awareness Month panel discussion spotlighting employment achievements of professional baseball players with disabilities.
View the live webcast today (also live captioned) at 2 pm ET.
It will also be available for replay at a later date.
You can also see live updates on ACL’s Twitter handle or by following #NDEAM.
More details about the event:
ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office on Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor, will speak and jointly moderate a panel that includes:
* Curtis Pride and Jim Eisenreich, former baseball players with disabilities
* Mark O’Neal, PBATS President and Director of Athletic Training for the Chicago Cubs
* Mark Odum, Vice President at HeiTech Services, Inc. and project director for NIDILRR’s National Rehabilitation Information Center
* Vicki Brooke, Director of Training and Employment Services at Virginia Commonwealth University - Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports
Discussion topics will include players’ experiences with accommodations, obstacles (and how they overcame them), mentors, and the like; how employers and industries can become more inclusive - and what they’re missing by excluding people with disabilities; and the importance of challenging misconceptions.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate baseball’s rich history of promoting disability inclusion, challenge assumptions about the limitations of people with disabilities, and talk about how we can increase expectations and eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
Together, we can make sure talent isn’t left sitting on the bench!
Watch the event webcast!
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2017 Team Up Autism Conference

When:

November 6, 2017 8:00am

Location: Benton Event Center, 17322 I-30, Benton, AR 72019

Details:

Team Up Autism: See The Potential

Monday, November 6, 2017 |  8:00 AM -  5:00 PM
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 |  8:00 AM -  5:00 PM

Benton Event Center,  Benton, AR

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This two-day conference will provide practical information and stimulating discussion on how to enhance and improve daily functioning children with autism at home and at school. It will also highlight how families, educators and medical professionals who provide care for children with autism can work together to promote the well-being of these children.

http://www.archildrens.org/health-and-wellness/news-events/events-detail?ceid=54607ce6-c80c-41ef-8a3f-17ad29d113c6

Jointly provided by:
UAMS Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental-Behavioral and Rehabilitative Pediatrics
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Rockefeller Endowed Chair for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Autism Speaks-Autism Treatment Network
UAMS Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

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GCDD Subgrantee Training

When:

October 13, 2017 10:00am

Location: 1509 W 7th Street, Room 102, Little Rock, Arkansas

Details:

Technical Assistance Workshop for SubGrantees
October 13, 2017 - 10 am till Noon
1509 W 7th Street, Room 102, Little Rock, Arkansas
AGENDA
Welcome - Eric Munson, GCDD Executive Director
Attendee Introductions - by Attendees
Introduction to Training - Assiah Lewellen
Award / Grant Info / Reporting - Diana Wilson & Assiah Lewellen
Reimbursement Tools & Process - Assiah Lewellen & Diana Wilson
Additional Question & Answer Period

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Arkansas Disability Awareness Day 2017 Rally

When:

October 3, 2017 10:00am

Location: The Arkansas State Capitol, 2nd Floor of Rotunda, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

What: Arkansas Disability Coalition Rally
Hosts: Arkansas Disability Coalition and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
When: October 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: The Arkansas State Capitol, 2nd Floor of Rotunda
Enjoy a morning of empowerment, advocacy, and celebration of our different abilities!
Signs are welcome! Prizes will be awarded for Biggest Team and Best Sign.
For booth space, contact Lynne McAllester at lynne.mcallester@adcpti.org or call 501-614-7020.
For more information e-mail adcinfo@adcpti.org or call 501-614-7020.

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Free Self-Advocacy Training Conference-Day 2

When:

September 26, 2017 9:00am

Location: LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center, 617 South Broadway, Little Rock AR 72201

Details:

Free Self-Advocacy Training Conference
“Where Do You Fit Into The Puzzle?”
When: September 25-26, 2017
Time: Monday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
      Tuesday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Little Rock, Arkansas
Location: LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center
Address: 617 South Broadway, Little Rock AR 72201
Target Audience: Self-Advocates
Training Purpose: This free training will provide an opportunity for self-advocates to learn best practices from other states. The training topics include: employment, Olmsted, voting and youth leadership.
Contact DRA for more information at info@disabilityrightsar.org or 1-800-482-1774 / 501-296-1775

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Free Self-Advocacy Training Conference-Day 1

When:

September 25, 2017 9:00am

Location: LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center, 617 South Broadway, Little Rock AR 72201

Details:

Free Self-Advocacy Training Conference
“Where Do You Fit Into The Puzzle?”
When: September 25-26, 2017
Time: Monday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
      Tuesday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Little Rock, Arkansas
Location: LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center
Address: 617 South Broadway, Little Rock AR 72201
Target Audience: Self-Advocates
Training Purpose: This free training will provide an opportunity for self-advocates to learn best practices from other states. The training topics include: employment, Olmsted, voting and youth leadership.
Contact DRA for more information at info@disabilityrightsar.org or 1-800-482-1774 / 501-296-1775

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

September 14, 2017 10:00am

Location: 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will be holding quarterly business meeting on September 14, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Jones Center in Springdale Arkansas, in Room 226. The location address is 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov .

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GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee Meeting

When:

September 12, 2017 10:00am

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

A GCDD Public Policy & Outreach Committee Meeting will be held on September 12, 2017 at 10:00 am at the DFA 1515 Building, on the 1st Floor, in Room 101. The address is 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

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GCDD Oversight Committee Meeting

When:

September 8, 2017 10:00am

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

A GCDD Oversight Committee Meeting will be held on September 8, 2017 at 10:00 am at the DFA 1515 Building, on the 1st Floor, in Room 101. The address is 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

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GCDD Nominating Committee Meeting

When:

September 7, 2017 10:00am

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

A GCDD Nominating Committee Meeting will be held on September 7, 2017 at 10:00 am at the DFA 1515 Building, on the 1st Floor, in Room 101. The address is 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

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Arkansas’ 5th Annual Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

When:

September 14, 2017 9:00am

Location: The Summit Church, 6600 Crystal Hill Road, North Little Rock, AR 72118

Details:

Registration: 8:30-9:00am
Conference Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location:  The Summit Church, North Little Rock, AR
REGISTRATION FEE:
Professionals-$65
Students-$25
Foster Families-$25
Parents of Individuals with FASD-Free $0
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER ONLINE: http://arfasd2017.eventbrite.com
For General Information contact: CAROL, rangelcf@archildrens.org, (501) 258-1014
For Payment Information contact: JOHNELLA, JXM108@uark.edu, (800) 342-2923 (V/TTY)

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Special Meeting of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

When:

August 14, 2017 10:00am

Location: 13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72210

Details:

GCDD Special Full Council Meeting on August 14th at 10am
UA-Pulaski Technical College - Little Rock-South Campus
Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute Building
in the Le Culinaire Dining Room
13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72210

The GCDD has called for a special meeting on August 14th, 2017, to consider State Plan and Implementation Committee recommendations on applications for funding for the 10/01/17-09/30/18 project period. The RFP/NOFA was posted on 06/09/17 and the application deadline was 07/14/17 at 11:59 pm. Complete applications submitted prior to the deadline are being considered for eligibility and possible funding. Decision notices will be sent beginning 08/15/17.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Monday, August 7th, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD State Plan and Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

August 8, 2017 2:00pm

Location: 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR

Details:

This Committee Meeting will be at 1515 West 7th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas - Room to be determined.

This is a meeting of the GCDD’s State Plan and Implementation Committee (SPI). SPI will meet to consider applications for funding for the 10/01/17-09/30/18 project period. The RFP/NOFA was posted on 06/09/17 and the application deadline was 07/14/17 at 11:59 pm.

Applicant projects must fit within the following Goals/Objectives/Activities of the GCDD’s 5 Year State Plan to be considered for this funding cycle:
Goal 1-Objective 1-Activity 1: The Council will provide funding to strengthen a statewide advocacy organization by creating an RFP that will provide funds to allow an organization to increase membership and participation of self‐advocates.
Goal 2-Objective 1-Activity 1: Create an RFP that will support a community partner, in each of the state’s five (5) regions, in strengthening access to information and training.
Goal 3-Objective 2-Activity 2: The Council will develop a request for proposal for a community partner to assist people with developmental disabilities with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment and increase access to employment services.

Only complete applications submitted prior to the deadline are being considered for eligibility and possible funding. Decision notices will be sent beginning 08/15/17.

If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact GCDD and submit your request to staff by Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. Call 501-682-2897 or Email ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

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Adults with Asperger's Support Group

When:

July 26, 2017 6:30pm

Location: Downtown Library, 1stFloor, West Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR

Details:

6:30p-7:30p
Little Rock Downtown Library, 1stFloor, West Room
Topic - Ideas for future meetings and ways to build resources.
For more information contact: Lud Kozlowski, call 502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail) or email to: aspielud@comcast.net
Join fellow Aspies for fellowship and support! Spread the Word! -We meet rain or shine -

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Free Self-Advocate Training - Central Arkansas Region

When:

July 21, 2017 10:00am

Location: CALS-Main Library (Little Rock Downtown), 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

Free self-advocate training opportunity in Little Rock, AR. Lunch is provided. To register or provide dietary restrictions, please call 1.800.582.1174 or email info@disabilityrightsar.org.  Deadline to register is July 18, 2017.

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Free Self-Advocate Training - Southwest Arkansas Region

When:

July 20, 2017 10:00am

Location: Spa Area Independent Living Services (SAILS), 621 Albert Pike Road #104, Hot Springs, AR 71913

Details:

Free self-advocate training opportunity in Hot Springs, AR at Spa Area Independent Living Services. Lunch is provided. To register or provide dietary restrictions, please call 1.800.482.1174 or email info@disabilityrightsar.org.  Deadline to register is July 14, 2017.

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National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

When:

July 19, 2017 4:00pm

Location: Webinar-Online

Details:

Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET
If you are age 18-64, receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI), and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need!
Join us tomorrow, July 19, 2017, for the next WISE webinar. We will present information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives, frequently asked questions and where to find more information. We will be joined by our guest, the Job Accommodation Network, who will discuss:
• Reasonable accommodations and how to ask for them;
• Disclosing your disability; and
• Ticket to Work and Work Incentives.
Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder.
Links to accessible materials
Text-Only Document: https://www.choosework.net/Assets/uploads/webinars/2017/2017-07-19-WISE-TTW-and-Reasonable-Accommodations-Presentation.docx
Accessible PDF: https://www.choosework.net/Assets/uploads/webinars/2017/2017-07-19-WISE-TTW-and-Reasonable-Accommodations-Presentation.pdf

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REV UP Arkansas July 19th Press Conference and Educational Event

When:

July 19, 2017 10:00am

Location: 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

REV UP Arkansas is a campaign for National Disability Voter Registration Week - July 17-21, 2017. On the 19th, AR State Independent Living Council will host a voter education event at the Arkansas State Capitol beginning at 10:00 a.m. We are sending a message on the importance of the disability vote in our state! Register! Educate! Vote! Governor Hutchinson is confirmed to join in for a photo op with attendees and to present the signed proclamation. Mayor Mark Stodola is confirmed as a speaker.  Let’s make this event big and send the message that the Disability Vote does Matter!
If you have questions or need information about the event, please contact Leanna Clark at Lclarkarilc@att.net.

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Deadline to Submit Applications for the Current GCDD RFP

When:

July 14, 2017 11:59pm

Location: Online, via email, via Fax, or in person at 1515 W. 7th Street, Suite 320-330, Little Rock, AR 72201

Details:

The deadline to submit applications for the current GCDD RFP is 11:59 pm CST on Friday, July 14, 2017.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered. Preferred method of application is through DD Suite. All submitted applications must be complete and include all required information.  The Council may return incomplete applications without review, so please be sure your application is complete before submission. Please go to https://www.ddsuite.org/ and look under NOFAs, then choose Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (AR) to view the RFP/Notice of Funds Available.

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GCDD Strategic Plan “Discovery Session” at Mangan Holcomb Partners

When:

July 6, 2017 1:00pm

Location: 2300 Cottondale Lane, Suite 300, Little Rock, AR 72202

Details:

Public Notice: GCDD Staff and some Members will attend a meeting on 07/06/17. This is not a regular Council business meeting. This is a strategic planning session for GCDD Members and Staff, working with MHP, to prioritize our audience, prioritize our message(s), and identify communications platforms. The result of this meeting will be a strategic plan for GCDD marketing/communications with detailed deliverables, timetables and assignments. Please RSVP to: GCDD staff at 501-682-2897 or email at ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

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GCDD Announces Request for Proposals

When:

June 9, 2017 3:31pm

Location:

Details:

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is proud to announce the posting of a Request for Proposals on June 9th, 2017. See the Apply for Funding page on the GCDD website for more information.

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Independent Living Resource Center - Increasing Your Knowledge Session

When:

June 20, 2017 10:00am

Location: 300 S Rodney Parham Rd # 5, Little Rock, AR 72205

Details:

ILRC dba Mainstream will host a (free of charge) increasing your knowledge session. Topics to be explored:
Transitioning students with disabilities from high school to postsecondary education and employment
Defining youth transition planning
Defining community resources
Overview of independence and inclusion

For more information or to register please call Lisa Coleman at 501-280-0012 extension 126 or 1-800-371-9026.
Registration deadline is Friday, June 16, 2017. Seating is limited. Please submit requests for accommodations with your registration.

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Technical Assistance Workshop for GCDD Grant Applicants

When:

June 22, 2017 8:30am

Location: 1509 West 7th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, Room 102

Details:

If you are considering applying for funding through the Council, please plan to attend the Technical Assistance Workshop.
There will be 2 sessions: Session 1 at 8:30 a.m. and Session 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Contact Council staff by phone at 501-682-2897 or by email to ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov to reserve a spot in your preferred session.
If you need supports or accommodations for the workshop, please send your request to staff by Monday, June 19th.

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Independent Living Resource Center – REV UP the Vote Initiative

When:

July 17, 2017 9:30am

Location: 300 S Rodney Parham Rd # 5, Little Rock, AR 72205

Details:

ILRC dba Mainstream will host a REV UP the Vote event. If you are not a registered voter, or if you have moved and have not changed your mailing address, this event is for you! Participate in the election process to insure equality and justice for ALL Arkansans. For more information, please call Lisa Coleman at 501-280-0012 extension 126.

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Arkansas Youth & Family Conference - ASU Jonesboro

When:

June 22, 2017 10:00am

Location: ASU Jonesboro, Reng Student Union, N Caraway Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401

Details:

Sponsored by Division of Behavioral Health Services and Prevention. Hosted by Youth MOVE Arkansas. For more information, contact Noelle Harper at nharper@mshs.org, call 870-972-4948 or fax (Attention: Noelle) to 870-972-4905. Youth MOVE Arkansas is a statewide youth-led organization devoted to improving services and supports provided to children and youth in the State of Arkansas. Registration ended May 27, 2017.

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Free Self-Advocate Training - Northwest Arkansas Region

When:

July 11, 2017 10:00am

Location: Jones Center for Families, 22 East Emma Avenue, Room 228-Memphis Room, Springdale, AR 72764

Details:

Free self-advocate training opportunity in Springdale, AR. Lunch is provided. To register or provide dietary restrictions, please call 1.800.582.1174 or email info@disabilityrightsar.org.  Deadline to register is July 6, 2017.

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Camp Aldersgate 34th Annual Fish Fry

When:

October 8, 2017 12:00pm

Location: 2000 Aldersgate Road Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Details:

Camp Aldersgate is Arkansas’ only non-profit uniquely dedicated to serving children and youth with special needs and senior adults in a camp environment. This year Camp Aldersgate is proud to host the 34th Annual Fish Fry to help raise money for our mission ~ to create life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs, enabling them to expand their worlds and express their unique voices. Each ticket sold will include a delicious fried fish plate with all the “fixins”, along with fun fall activities including a children’s fishing derby, face painting, a merchants pavilion, local live music. and more! The 34th Annual Fish Fry is scheduled for Sunday, October 8th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm and will be the biggest and best Fish Fry to date!

For more information please contact Hanna French at 501.225.1444.

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GCDD Oversight Committee Meeting

When:

June 2, 2017 10:00am

Location: DFA 1515 Building, Room 101 (1st floor Conference Room), 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR

Details:

This is a meeting of the GCDD’s Oversight Committee (OS). OS will meet to conduct regular business in preparation for the upcoming June 8th quarterly full Council business meeting.

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GCDD Public Policy and Outreach Committee Meeting

When:

June 1, 2017 10:00am

Location: Conference Call - You may attend in person at DFA 1515 Building, Room 101 (1st floor Conference Room), 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR

Details:

This is a meeting of the GCDD’s Public Policy and Outreach Committee (PPO). PPO will meet to conduct regular business in preparation for the upcoming June 8th quarterly full Council business meeting. The PPO will receive an update from a staff member of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD).

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GCDD State Plan and Implementation Committee Meeting

When:

May 30, 2017 3:00pm

Location: Conference Call - You may attend in person at DFA 1515 Building, Room 101 (1st floor Conference Room), 1515 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR

Details:

This is a meeting of the GCDD’s State Plan and Implementation Committee (SPI). SPI will meet to discuss documentation and the timeline for the drafted request for proposals which SPI will bring to full Council for recommendation during the upcoming June 8th quarterly business meeting.

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People First - Rally at Capitol

When:

April 19, 2017 12:00pm

Location: Arkansas State Capitol

Details:

Join People First at the Arkansas State Capitol for a rally on April 19, 2017 at noon!

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Special Olympics Arkansas 2017 Summer Games

When:

May 25, 2017 1:00pm

Location: Harding University, Searcy, AR

Details:

Special Olympics Arkansas 2017 Summer Games “Where Amazing Happens”
ATHLETICS VENUE-First Security Stadium, Harding University
The MARCH OF THE ATHLETES will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 05/25/17.
The FAMILY SUPPORT EXPO will be held Friday, 05/25/17 from 9am-3pm in the Harding Academy Parking Lot.
The VICTORY CELEBRATION will be held Friday night from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m at Berry Hill Park located at 1886 Higginson St. Searcy, AR.
Irvin Humphrey, Director of Sports, Training, and Competition-Email:irvin@specialolympicsarkansas.org
Special Olympics Arkansas, 2115 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114 - Phone: (501) 771-0222

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Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

When:

June 8, 2017 10:00am

Location: Jonesboro Municipal Center, Conference Room, 300 S. Church Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401

Details:

Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Agenda
I. Call to Order – Chairman Chris Johnson
II. Roll Call
III. Welcome and Guest Introductions
IV. Approve March 6, 2016 Meeting Minutes    
V. Council Budget Report by Staff   
VI. Status Report on Grant Funded Projects   
VII. Reports from Committee Chairs
      a. Executive Committee Update
      b. Nominating Committee Update  
      c. Oversight Committee Update    
      d. Public Policy and Outreach Committee Update  
      e. State Plan and Implementation Committee Update
          •  Council Vote to Approve Recommended RFP    
VIII. Council Staff Update
IX. New Business and Announcements
      •  Guest Comments/Questions
X. Adjourn

Members and Staff will be visiting Jonesboro area locations of interest after the business meeting adjourns.

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DHS-DDS Board Meeting

When:

May 3, 2017 10:30am

Location: Conway Human Development Center, Visitation Center, 150 East Siebenmorgen Road, Conway, AR 72032

Details:

Meeting of the Board of Arkansas DHS-Developmental Disabilities Services (DHS-DDS)
Wednesday, May 3rd, at 10:30 am
at the Conway Human Development Center, Visitation Center
150 East Siebenmorgen Road, Conway, AR 72032
Call Avis Lane, 501-682-8665, with questions.

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ADPC Board Meeting

When:

May 5, 2017 10:00am

Location: United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas, 9720 Rodney Parham Rd., Little Rock, AR 72227

Details:

Arkansas Disability Policy Consortium (ADPC) Board Meeting
May 5th at 10:00
UCP, 9720 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, AR 72227

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Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities quarterly business meeting and training

When:

March 6, 2017 12:00am

Location:

Details:

The Council staff will continue with training items for the Council on Monday, March 6, 2017.  Business meeting will commence at 12:30 p.m. on the 6th

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National Disability Employment, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Spina Bifida-Awareness Months

When:

October 1, 2017 12:00am

Location:

Details:

October is the National Awareness Month for the following: National Disability Employment Awareness , Down Syndrome Awareness, ADHD and Learning Disabilities Awareness, Spina Bifida Awareness, Blindness & Visual Impairment Awareness.  Please visit the websites that give you information on each of these campaigns. Here are some examples:  https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/ , www.globaldownsyndrome.org , arkansas-down-syndrome-organizations , spinabifidaassociation.org

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Cystic Fibrosis awareness month

When:

May 1, 2017 12:00am

Location:

Details:

Cystic Fibrosis awareness month is in May.  Please visit the Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis foundation at https://www.cff.org/arkansas for more information about services and volunteer opportunities.

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Autism Awareness Month

When:

April 1, 2017 8:00am

Location:

Details:

There are many opportunities to educate yourself about autism in Arkansas and to find groups in your area that you can become a part of.  Please find information from the following Arkansas sources.  Arkansas Disabilities Coalition/Family2Family - Community Connections,
Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Autism Support Group, Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center

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Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month

When:

September 1, 2017 12:00am

Location: Please visit http://www.spinalcord.ar.gov/ to find out information

Details:

Spinal cord injuries affect 5,000,000 Americans each year and hundreds of thousands will live with the aftermath of those injuries for their lifetime.  Please learn about what you can do to assist those with this life-changing event.

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Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities-Brain Injury-Cerebral Palsy-MS-Trisomy AWARENESS Month

When:

March 1, 2017 12:00am

Location: Visit websites for these to get more information

Details:

A disability of any kind has a huge impact on the person with the disability as well as their family members and friends.  Please become more aware of each of these disabilities during the month of March.

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Developmental Disabilities Provider Association spring conference

When:

May 16, 2017 12:00am

Location: Airport Holiday Inn in Little Rock, AR

Details:

Join the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association in Little Rock for their spring conference.  Lots to learn, lots to do.  Visit arkansasddpa.org for more information

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Arkansas Waiver Association annual conference

When:

July 12, 2017 12:00am

Location: Hot Springs Convention Center

Details:

Annual Conference for the Arkansas Waiver Association in Hot Springs.  My Life, My Choice, My Independence!  Visit arkansaswaiver.com for more information

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Wk 4 - Life, side by side March is DD Month

When:

March 26, 2017 12:00am

Location: Please visit http://nacdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Resource-Guide-2017.pdf for videos and pictures that align with each week of DD Month

Details:

Week 4 of DD Month is thinking about living side by side with people with developmental disabilities.  Watch your language!  Think about diversity and inclusion.  The joy of community is the people who are there, not what their abilities are.

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Community Side by Side DD Month March, 2017

When:

March 20, 2017 12:00am

Location: Please visit http://nacdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Resource-Guide-2017.pdf for videos and pictures that align with each week of DD Month

Details:

Each of us want to have a community that we CHOOSE to live in.  This week emphasizes living side by side in a community that matters to the individual

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Working side by side - March - DD Month

When:

March 13, 2017 12:00am

Location: Please visit http://nacdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Resource-Guide-2017.pdf for videos and pictures that align with each week of DD Month

Details:

This week emphasizes the goals of the DD Community for integrated employment in their OWN community.  Part of Developmental Disabilities Month in March

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March - Week 1 - Learning Side by Side DD Month

When:

March 6, 2017 12:00am

Location: Please visit http://nacdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Resource-Guide-2017.pdf for videos and pictures that align with each week of DD Month

Details:

Think about the issue of education for ALL.  This week emphasizes the needs in education for our developmental disabilities community

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DSCNWA Inclusion & Respect Run

When:

October 14, 2017 8:00am

Location: Arvest Ballpark in Springdale

Details:

Comes join Down Syndrome connection of NW Arkansas for fun walks for kids, a 5K run and other fun!

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Uniquely crafted NWA Brew Mile Run & Beer Garden DSCNWA

When:

June 24, 2017 6:00pm

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville

Details:

Watch DSCNWA website for times for this event.

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World Down Syndrome Day

When:

March 21, 2017 12:00am

Location: http://dscnwa.com/

Details:

Watch for activities for World Down Syndrome Day

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Arkansas Parents Advisory Council Family Bistro Conference July 2017

When:

July 14, 2017 8:00am

Location:

Details:

Family Bistro Conference Arkansas Parent Advisory Council - Contact Rodney Farley 501-682-1461 or go to https://www.eventbrite.come/e/pac-bistro-2017-tickets-31141109898

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AR Governor's Council on DD quarterly meeting and training

When:

March 5, 2017 2:00pm

Location:

Details:

GCDD will meet at Winrock Institute on March 5 and 6, 2017 for its 1st quarterly meeting of the year and training for the Council.


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