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Advocacy Development Committee Minutes, November 2018

Advocacy Development Committee
Thursday, November 8, 2018
3:00 P.M. - 5:10 P.M.

Hilton Garden Inn, Cary, NC

Members Present: Eric Chavis, Bryan Dooley, Mary Edwards, Jason Faircloth, Gary Junker, Katie Holler, Kelly Kimple, Virginia Knowlton Marcus, Cheryl Powell, Nessie Siler, Daniel Smith, Deborah Zuver

Members Absent: NaKima Clark, Rep. Verla Insko,

Staff in Attendance: Chris Egan, JoAnn Toomey, Yadira Vasquez, Shar’ron Williams, AmyLeigh Meyers (intern),

Guests: Karen Hamilton, Dave Owen

Welcome and Introductions:
Committee Chairperson Nessie Siler called the meeting to order, and welcomed all members, including new members, and guests.

Approval of Minutes:
Nessie Siler sought approval of the August minutes. Members identified corrections to the August minutes including Kelly Kimple was in attendance and the term "acting" being placed in front of all NCEN officer titles. Mary Edwards made a motion to approve the August 2018 Advocacy Development Committee (ADC) minutes. Eric Chavis seconded the motion with corrections. The motion was approved.

Initiative Update NC ADA Network Coordination, Technical Assistance and Fiscal Intermediary:

Members of the ADC committee received a presentation by Karen Hamilton about the NC ADA Network Coordination, Technical Assistance and Fiscal Intermediary initiative [a.k.a., ADA Network], which started on October 1st. Karen also provided an update on the ADA Network expansion opportunity with DD funds from Disability Rights NC; these funds will target accessibility assessment and improvement of bus stops in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. A location in central NC has not yet been identified.

Initiative Update North Carolina Empowerment Network (NCEN):

NCEN Acting Chair, Cheryl Powell provided details of NCEN's submission to the Council's idea portal that was addressed by the NCCDD Executive Committee on October 15th. The NCCDD Executive Committee requested the NCEN to tailor activities to reflect a decreased investment from $35,000 to $20,000. The five areas of address include:

  • Leadership Development
  • Communicating and Communication Technology
  • Develop/Produce Operating and Marketing Materials
  • Exploring and engaging diverse funding sources
  • Plan for compensating NCEN board member self-advocates

MOTION: Kelly Kimple made a motion to charge the Executive Committee to review the revised proposal submitted by the NC Empowerment Network and grant the Executive Committee the authority to approve funding for up to $20,000 with required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds for one year, beginning January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Mary Edwards seconded the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

Initiative Update Inclusive Leadership Development Training - Contractor Disability Rights, North Carolina:
Corye Dunn of Disability Rights, North Carolina provided an update on the Inclusive Leadership Development Training Initiative. The transition of organization leadership and staffing changes delayed initiative start up activities but are progressing now. Corye sought member input on organizations from which to seek nominations of self-advocates for the initiative's advisory committee. The contractor aims to have an initiative advisory in place by the end of December. Following the November NCCDD meeting, Council staff will follow up with initiative staff and work closely with the contractor on project management.

Adjournment: Motion to adjourn was made by Eric Chavis. The motion was seconded by Bryan Dooley. The motion was approved.


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