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Advocacy Development Committee Minutes, May 2019

Advocacy Development Committee
Thursday, May 9, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Courtyard, Carolina Beach, NC

Members Present: Bryan Dooley, Mary Edwards, Katie Holler, Kelly Kimple, Aldea LaParr, Jamilla Little, Cheryl Powell, Nessie Siler, Deborah Zuver

Members Absent: NaKima Clark, Eric Chavis, Jason Faircloth, Rep. Verla Insko

Staff in Attendance: Melissa Swartz, Yadira Vasquez, Letha Young

Guests:  Corye Dunn, Karen Hamilton, Dave Owen, Francesca (DSP)


The Advocacy Development Committee started with self-introductions and welcomed members.

Approval of Minutes:

Cheryl Powell made a motion to approve the February 2019 Advocacy Development Committee (ADC) minutes. Aldea LaParr seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

Status Update: Inclusive Leadership Development Training Initiative:

Corye Dunn, Policy Director of Public Policy at DRNC and Leadership Development Training initiative coordinator provided a status update on initiative activities and next steps. A one-page description entitled Project Discovery for the Ability Leadership Project was provided to ADC members.

  • The first objective is to establish an advisory council that will guide the training curriculum development. Three advisory council members have confirmed participation and two are pending.
  • The 1st on boarding training session is scheduled for May 31st at the Holiday Inn Greensboro.
  • The Welcome package for the “on-boarding training” is scheduled to be complete by May 21st.

Training materials accessibility standards were confirmed. Both DRNC and NCCDD staff committed to monitoring this closely, including sharing initiative materials between council meetings with ADC members.

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

Karen Hamilton provided an initiative update on the ADA Network Coord/TA/FI initiative. The initiative is making progress according to and exceeding the contracted scope of work.

Initiative Update NC Empowerment Network:

Cheryl Powell provided an initiative update about the NC Empowerment Network. The initiative is making progress according to its scope of work.

Future investments

Committee members provided staff permission to pursue the following topics: Justice, Early Childhood Intervention/Education System, and Aging Caregivers. Cross-cutting features of these topics to consider, respectively, include accessible terminology (a.k.a. plain language approaches), cultural competence/cultural diversity – including disability history – and technology.

Topic Detail Included:

  • Justice – transition back into community; sexual assault/safe place; Sexual Violence/Domestic Violence project expansion; and crisis prevention/intervention training including law enforcement and correctional.
  • Education System/Early Childhood Intervention – Child and family centered; parents get on-going resources with emphasis on child getting off to a good start; education for teachers and providers; Special needs advisory committee; and more and better information for transition coordinators
  • Aging Caregivers – for example, refer to the Administration for Community Living Supports for family caregivers across the lifespan February 2019: The National Family Caregiver Support Program; and Aging and Disability Resource Centers; and Lifespan respite care programs

Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn was made by Mary Edwards. The motion was seconded by Cheryl Powll. The motion was approved.


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This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001NCSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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