Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

inclusion. integration. independence.

 

Funded Projects

The Council continues to support a variety of projects across the state in 2020. Our currently funded projects will run through 06/30/2020:

The "Community of Champions" Advocate Training Project/DD Services Awareness Campaign – To educate advocates and allies on the needs of Arkansans with I/DD and to inform individuals with I/DD and their families of available supports and services. SOLICITED CONTINUATION

The Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship Conference and Toolkit Project – To bring people with disabilities and their supporters together for education and training about guardianship and provide ongoing access to tools, information and resources to support self-advocacy and self-determination. COLLABORATION

The Provider Transformation Project – To increase competency of employment service providers in providing support for competitive integrated employment and to build capacity of employment service providers. CONTINUATION

The Self-Advocacy Network Development Project (SAND) – To employ statewide self-advocacy coordinator and support that coordinator in reversing the trend of declining local SA organization participation (by providing training to create strong SA leaders across Arkansas). CONTINUATION

This section will be updated as more projects are funded across the state.

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897.

 

The Council is supporting a variety of projects across the state in the 2018-2019 grant period (ending 09/30/2019):

The "Community of Champions" Advocate Training Project/DD Services Awareness Campaign – To educate advocates and allies on the needs of Arkansans with I/DD and to inform individuals with I/DD and their families of available supports and services. CONTINUATION

The Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship Conference and Toolkit Project – To bring people with disabilities and their supporters together for education and training about guardianship and provide ongoing access to tools, information and resources to support self-advocacy and self-determination. COLLABORATION

The Independence Project – To create a path to independent living through CIE and promote healthy lifestyles for individuals with I/DD. CONTINUATION

The Provider Transformation Project – To increase competency of employment service providers in providing support for competitive integrated employment and to build capacity of employment service providers. CONTINUATION

The Self-Advocacy Network Development Project (SAND) – To employ statewide self-advocacy coordinator and support that coordinator in reversing the trend of declining local SA organization participation (by providing training to create strong SA leaders across Arkansas). CONTINUATION

The Transitions for Life and Career Project – To increase access to and coordination of educational and vocational opportunities for individuals with I/DD to train as direct care professionals, increasing their career readiness and leading to more employment opportunities. CONTINUATION

This section will be updated as more projects are funded across the state.

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897.

 

The Council is supporting a variety of projects in the 2017-2018 grant period to benefit Arkansans with I/DD and their families. These projects are taking place across the state, with programs in every Congressional District. The projects are listed below, grouped by Area of Emphasis:

Supporting Self-Advocacy (SA)
The Self-Advocacy Network Development Project (SAND) – To employ statewide self-advocacy coordinator, and support that coordinator in reversing the trend of declining local SA organization participation (by providing training to create strong SA leaders across Arkansas). CONTINUATION

Access to Community Supports & Services
"Community of Champions" The Advocate Training Project/DD Services Awareness Campaign – To educate advocates and allies on the needs of Arkansans with I/DD and to inform individuals with I/DD and their families of available supports and services.

The Community Resources Awareness and Training Project – To provide information/training on available community resources and reach underserved individuals and families.

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)
The Provider Transformation Project – To increase competency of employment service providers in providing support for CIE and to build capacity of employment service providers. CONTINUATION

The Independence Project – To create a path to independent living through CIE and promote healthy lifestyles for individuals with I/DD.

The Transitions for Life and Career Project – To increase access to and coordination of educational and vocational opportunities for individuals with I/DD to train as direct care professionals, increasing their career readiness and leading to more employment opportunities.

"Employing Possibilities" The CIE Awareness Campaign Collaboration Project – To increase employer awareness of the diverse pool of capable, potential employees with I/DD and to increase competitive, integrated job placements.

The Ready to Work Project – To assist in the transition from sheltered to integrated workplace and provide increased job opportunities for individuals with I/DD.

This section will be updated as more projects are funded across the state.

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897.

 

Projects funded by the Council for the period of 10/01/2016 - 09/30/2017, pursuant to Interagency Agreements:

Council Website and Marketing Project (with Arkansas Department of Finanace and Administration - Management Services)

Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Provider Transformation Project - To provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. A contracted Subject Matter Expert was engaged to provide intensive technical assistance and guidance to both community based and state agency service providers and staff in working through this transition.

University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project - To employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016 as Disability Rights Arkansas' Self-Advocate Coordinator.

This section will be updated as more projects are funded across the state.

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897.
 

The Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Advocate Training Fund (DDATF) was a funded program of the GCDD Arkansas from 2016-2019. 

The Council staff administered this reimbursement program which provided funding for Arkansans with developmental disabilities, their family members, or their guardians to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. This fund was designed to empower individuals with disabilities and their family members with the opportunities, experiences, resources and information they need to participate meaningfully in the decisions that are being made which affect their lives. This fund had a set total maximum amount available for use each fiscal year, designated by the Council.

In 2019, the Council voted to discontinue use of the DDATF, a consumer participation fund. This was done pursuant to guidance from federal funding agencies and our national technical assistance subject matter experts.

 

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is funded through Public Law 106-402 with a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, as administered by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

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