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Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement

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The Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement (Rossi Fund) empowers people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members with opportunities to actively participate in decisions that often impact them personally. Through the Rossi Fund, individuals with I/DD and their family members can receive reimbursement for specific expenses for seminars and conferences designed to improve their knowledge, networking and skill levels for advocacy.

The NCCDD makes all decisions on the disbursement of funds. Applicants receiving Rossi funds will be asked to complete a Rossi Fund Participant survey and are expected to share their knowledge with the local community and with the NCCDD members.


The following criteria need to be met to qualify for the Rossi Fund:

  • People with an intellectual disability or developmental disability, parents, family members or individual guardian of a person with an I/DD.
  • Parents of a child at risk of I/DD.
  • Applicants must be residents of North Carolina.
  • NCCDD Council members are not eligible.

Reimbursement funds are available for:

In order to allow more people with I/DD and families to participate, the Rossi Fund can only partially fund the cost of attending an event. Rossi Funds are available to reimburse individuals for the following types of expenses (individuals may apply for funds to cover up to three of these expenses on their application):

  • Child Care or Respite (up to $15.60/hr., maximum $150/day)
  • Personal Assistance Services (up to $15.60/hr., maximum $150/day)
  • Conference/seminar registration
  • Hotel/Lodging (up to $98)
  • Transportation (67 cents/mile – NC State government rate is subject to change)
  • Other expenses are at the discretion of the NCCDD


An application must be received by NCCDD 15 days prior to the first day of an in-state event and 30 days prior to first date of an out-of-state event.  Applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis.  The NCCDD reviews applications frequently, and the decisions on all applications will be mailed in writing to all applicants.

NOTICE! Increased Funding Available for 2024 National APSE Conference on Competitive, Integrated Employment in Charlotte!

NCCDD is increasing the $600 per year, per person, per household Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement limit for in-state events to $1,200 for the 2024 National APSE Conference “Navigating Tomorrow Together” event at the Sheraton / Le Meridian Hotel & Conference Center in Charlotte, NC. The single activity or event limit of $2,400 is also now $10,000 for the 2024 National APSE Conference. See, below, for the Rossi-Fund Application Form (Click ‘Apply Online’).

2024 National APSE Conference: “Navigating Tomorrow Together”

National APSE is the only national membership organization focused exclusively on Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community (National APSE Website, n.d.).

Main conference: Tuesday, June 18-20, 2024
Pre-conference: Monday, June 17, 2024

Early Bird Rate Ends March 31, 2024

Awards Decision Making:

The awards are limited to $600 per year, per person, per household for in-state events, and up to $800 per year, per person, per household for out-of-state events. Regardless of how many people apply, the maximum amount available for any single activity or event cannot exceed $2,400 in-state and $2,400 out-of state.  An individual may only receive one Rossi Fund award in a 12-month period.

To allow more families of people with I/DD to attend events, the NCCDD could decide to only partially fund the cost of attending an event. Individuals are encouraged to secure additional funding from other sources, such as other state agencies, private foundations, consumer or advocacy organizations, or his/her employer.

If the total amount of applications received at the same time exceeds the above limits, the NCCDD will use the following criteria to fairly award the funds to:

  • Is this a first time user of the fund?
  • Is this the first time attendee for this activity or event?
  • Will the attendee enhance ethnic or cultural diversity?
  • Is the applicant from rural or other underserved or unserved areas?
  • Which applications were received first, second, third etc.?


Apply Online  Download PDF Download Word Doc

NOTE: Eligibility for the Rossi Fund requires distribution consistent with the Council’s mandate in federal law for commitment to systems change, advocacy building and capacity building.


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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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