Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

inclusion. integration. independence.

 

Funded Projects

‚ÄčThe Council continues to support a variety of projects across the state in the 2022-2023 grant period. Our currently funded project periods end 06/30/2023:

The Charting the Life Course Project - To increase the capacity of individuals to navigate their own life, as well as increasing the capacity of parents/caregivers capacity to support these efforts; improve the individuals with developmental disabilities self-advocacy abilities, as well as their parents/caregivers abilities to support them and advocate for them when appropriate; develop the skills of individuals with developmental disabilities, their parents and caregivers, to support others to become self-advocates to participate and be involved in the improvements of the service delivery system policy and practices. This project serves and supports English speaking individuals and families as well as Marshallese & Latino/Hispanic families who have limited English proficiency, have intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD) and encounter cultural and language barriers to information & services within the community. COMPETITIVE AWARD (RFP 2022-006-GCDDAR). Subgrantee: Arkansas Support Network

The Arkansas Community Initiative for Employment First Project - To mainstream the concept of Employment First in Arkansas; build the capacity to train and educate key stakeholders who support the intellectual and developmental disability population in Arkansas to gain competitive employment in their communities; promote the policy that employment in the general workforce, for at least minumum wage, should be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. COMPETITIVE AWARD (RFP 2022-006-GCDDAR). Subgrantee: Central Arkansas Disability Services

The Marshallese Interpreting for Community Inclusion (MICI) Project - To address language barriers and equitable access to disability services in the Marshallese community by providing appropriately trained interpreters who also serve as cultural liaisons for information on cross-cultural views on disability and accessing services. MICI will strengthen community capacity and support project sustainability by training a team of experienced interpreters, expanding access to current interpreter training, increasing the number of training sessions provided to disability service providers, and increasing networking opportunities between the Marshallese community and disability service providers. COMPETITIVE AWARD (RFP 2022-006-GCDDAR). Subgrantee: University of Arkansas, Partners for Inclusive Communities

The Arkansas Alliance for Disability Advocacy Project - To create an active alliance of advocacy programs that work together to give self advocates, parents and peer advocates and local & state leaders the tools they need to be active within the disability advocacy movement; the project will provide leadership training, organizational training & support and disability advocacy education. Disability Rights Arkansas and the GCDD Arkansas will work through the Arkansas Alliance for Disability Advocacy (AADA) to operate and manage the Self-Advocacy Network Development Program, the Community of Champions Program and the Partners in Policymaking Arkansas Program. SOLICITED COLLABORATION (RFP 2022-007-DDNTWK-AADA). Subgrantee: Disability Rights Arkansas


GCDD Arkansas operates on a two-year competitive funding cycle. Most Council funded projects have an option to request a continuation for a second year of funding. New competitive funding opportunities are issued every-other-year. 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 supported a variety of projects across the state in the 2021-2022 grant period. The project period ended 06/30/2022:

The Marshallese Interpreting for Community Inclusion (MICI) Project - To provide information/training on available community resources & reach under-served individuals & families. CONTINUATION

The Reducing Barriers NWA Project - To serve & support Marshallese & Latino/Hispanic families who have limited English proficiency, have intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD) or have youth with IDD overcome challenging barriers to information & services within the community. CONTINUATION

The DD Network New Advocacy Initiative - Create an active alliance of advocacy programs that work together to give self advocates, parents and peer advocates and state leaders the tools they need to be active within the disability advocacy movement; the project will provide leadership training, organizational training & support and disability advocacy education. Disability Rights Arkansas and the GCDD Arkansas will work with the Arkansas Alliance for Disability Advocacy (AADA) to operate and manage the Self-Advocacy Network Development Program, the Community of Champions Program and the Partners in Policymaking Arkansas Program. SOLICITED COLLABORATION (DD Network)

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.

 

These projects were granted a 3 month "bridge grant" to finish up project activities in the final 3 months of the 2017-2021 5 year state plan.  The project period ended 09/30/2021:

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 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). SOLICITED COLLABORATION CONTINUATION (DD Network)

 

The Council supported a variety of projects across the state in the 2020-2021 grant period. The project period ended 06/30/2021:

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 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 Bridge Project - To provide individual participants an integrated work experience that introduces them to the workplace, puts them on the employment path with learning job skills & interviewing practice.

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 CONTINUATION  (DD Network)

The Jobs 4 You Project - A supportive employment program that provides vocational training, job placement, job coaching, therapy services, & transportation to help individuals with disabilities gain meaningful employment in the community.

The Marshallese Interpreting for Community Inclusion (MICI) Project - To provide 1information/training on available community resources & reach under-served individuals & families.

The Ready to Work Project - To develop modules that can be implemented by paraprofessional or certified staff within a specific time frame to lead to competitive integrated employment for adults with intellectual & developmental
disabilities.

The Reducing Barriers NWA Project - To serve & support Marshallese & Latino/Hispanic families who have limited English proficiency, have intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD) or have youth with IDD overcome challenging barriers to information & services within the community.

The SET for Success Project - Expansion of the high school transition program, SET for Success, to include areas of the state that are under-served due to geographic or other issues. The goal is to prepare students with an IEP or 504 plan for life after high school.

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 supported a variety of projects across the state in the 2019-2020 grant period. The project period ended 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 (DD Network)

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 (DD Network)

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 supported 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 (DD Network)

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 (DD Network)

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 supported a variety of projects in the 2017-2018 grant period to benefit Arkansans with I/DD and their families. These projects took place across the state, with programs in every Congressional District. Projects listed below are 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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