The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) has a long history of exploring and supporting efforts to expand the range of employment choices for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Council recognizes the importance of the goals outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as the North Carolina Unified State Plan which outlines a roadmap for North Carolina accomplishing the mandates outlined in WIOA.
Using a collective impact approach, the contractor will support current efforts of the Community College System, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Health and Human Services, in aligning their joint efforts as outlined in the North Carolina Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Unified State Plan. This initiative represents another step forward in promoting system change efforts to increase employment rates for the I/DD community and other individuals living with disabilities, while supporting state leadership in their efforts to accomplish the goals of the Unified State Plan. This collaborative is also intended to continue to encourage North Carolina becoming an Employment First state.
Over the last decade in North Carolina, there have been federal and state level collaborations among various divisions to raise awareness and address the systemic barriers to competitive integrated employment for individuals living with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). A 2013 report released by the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), entitled “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities”, outlined many recommendations that provided direction and guidance to state governments for joining their efforts with business partners to promote hiring of people living with I/DD and other disabilities, in both private and public sectors. The SELN is a federal collaboration designed to be a roadmap for state governors and leaders to use as they strategize their efforts to address employment disparities for people living with disabilities.
Regarding recent state level collaborations designed to increase engagement between state leadership and employment partners across the state, in 2017 technical assistance was brought in from the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy to assist multiple state divisions, including the Division of Medical Assistance, the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to support their efforts in realigning their respective employment service definitions, as well as inform policy for best employment services practices for employment service personnel.
This Initiative is focus on providing technical assistance, coordination, and other support for the efforts of the Unified State Plan Committee. Using a Collective Impact Model of systems change to increase the percentage of positive employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD and other disabilities as lead Departments under the Unified State Plan coordinate their activities to achieve their respective goals as defined in North Carolina’s Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act Unified State Plan.
Contact Travis Williams, Systems Change Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on becoming involved in one or more of the above elements.
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