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Past Initiatives

Name

Adult Care Home Transition to the Community

Contractor

Disability Rights, North Carolina

Purpose

This initiative will assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to transition from Adult Care Homes to homes of their own, with the appropriate services and supports. To read more, click here.

Contact

Elaine Whitford, Elaine.whitford@disabilityrightsnc.org


Name

Advancing Strong Leaders

Contractor

University of Delaware

Purpose

Advancing Strong Leadership in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ASLiIDD) is a leadership development program for early career professionals in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) field in North Carolina. To read more, click here.

Contact

https://nccdd.org/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=191#Melissa Swartz, Melissa.swartz@dhhs.nc.gov


Name

Advocacy Ambassador

Contractor

Mike Mayer, Monica Foster, Barton Cutter, Jonathan Ellis

Purpose

This group will work to obtain a current and accurate assessment of the state of self-advocacy in North Carolina and receive clear feedback from self-advocates about how the NCCDD can best support and advance the self-advocacy movement. Click here to read the final report from Nov 2014.

Contact

Melissa Swartz, Melissa.swartz@dhhs.nc.gov


Name

Emergency Preparedness

Contractor

NC Department of Public Safety

Purpose

This initiative implemented and maintained a program that is inclusive of persons with I/DD and that builds capacity for disaster preparation, emergency response, and related procedures and systems. To read more, click here.

Contact

Philip Woodward, philip.woodward@dhhs.nc.gov


Name

Expansion of Employment Opportunities for People with I/DD

Contractor

Employment Services Coordinator: Patricia K. Keul, patkeul@yahoo.com

Purpose

NCCDD engaged an Employment Services Coordinator to actively engage in opportunities to expand competitive, integrated employment and careers for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). To read more, click here.

Contact

Travis Williams, travis.williams@dhhs.nc.gov


 Name

Families Support: Coming of Age   

Contractor

First In Families, NC

Purpose

Families Support will identify the barriers to accessing family support; develop recommendations for removing such barriers; and recommend systems change strategies that are cost-effective and consistent with the values that both families and self-advocates espouse. Click here to read the final report.

Contact

Debby Torres, dtorres@fifnc.org


 Name

Learning & Earning After High School  

Contractor

Western Carolina University

Purpose

The Role of Transition Services in Raising Expectations and Attitudes for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. To read more, click here.

Contact

Visit the Roads to Learning and Earning website at RTLE.org for more information.


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Medicaid Reform Stakeholder Engagement Group (SEG)  

Contractor

National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

Purpose

The NC Stakeholder Engagement Group (NC SEG) is a cross-disability advocacy initiative focusing on shaping the long-term support and service systems through meaningful engagement and dialogue with policymakers. To read more, click here.

Contact

Melissa Swartz, Melissa.Swartz@dhhs.nc.gov


Name

Medical Health Homes

Contractor

Easter Seals, UCP in partnership with The Arc of NC

Purpose

This initiative works with stakeholders across the State to identify the needs and concerns of people with (intellectual and developmental disabilities) I/DD and their families, and gaps in the current systems of care, in order to develop recommendations that promote person centered collaborative care in the right setting at the right time. To read more, click here.

Contact

Karen Luken, karenluken@gmail.com


 Name

NC Alliance of Direct Support Professionals 

Contractor

Benchmarks

Purpose

This initiative established a local chapter of the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) to advance the quality of the workforce that supports individuals with disabilities through increased competency, professionalism and a voice in decision-making. To read more, click here.

Contact

Melissa Swartz, Melissa.Swartz@dhhs.nc.gov


Name

Partners in Policymaking

Contractor

Advocacy Institute, Inc.

Purpose

Partners in Policymaking is a nationally replicated, forward-thinking, cutting-edge leadership and disability advocacy training program for parents of school-aged children with developmental disabilities and adults with developmental disabilities. To read more, click here.

Contact

Melissa Swartz, Melissa.swartz@dhhs.nc.gov


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Project SEARCH

Contractor

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Purpose

Project SEARCH is a high school or young adult transition initiative which is a business-led, one-year, school-to-work program that combines classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). To read more, click here.

Contact

Susie Rutkowski, Susie.rutkowski@cchmc.org


Name

Reaching the Summit of Success

Contractor

University of Massachusetts

Purpose

This program will offer students with intellectual disabilities experiences and interactions with other students within the context of a typical college environment; integrated with access to the activities and services a college provides its students. Click here to read the Final Report from September 2015.

Contact

Cindy Thomas, cindy.thomas@umb.edu


Name

Safety and Security: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Contractor

The Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.

Purpose

The goal of this initiative is to increase the capacity and knowledge of domestic violence and/or sexual assault service providers for the needs of victims who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). Click here to read more.

Contact

Emily Turner, RCC Supervisor, eturner@coastalhorizons.org, 910-392-7185


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Sibling Support  

Contractor

First in Families of NC

Purpose

Sibling Support addressed the various needs and barriers that siblings of a person with an intellectual or other developmental disability face. To read more, click here.

Contact

Melissa Swartz, Melissa.swartz@dhhs.nc.gov


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Upward to Financial Stability

Contractor

National Disability Institute, Washington, D.C.

Purpose

To provide education and training to spread financial awareness and conduct financial literacy training to individuals and families to raise expectations for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to develop financial assets. As part of this initiative, a Financial Asset Development course was developed.  This curriculum can be found here (NCCDD_SPANISH_FINAL_0517.pdf and NCCDD_ENGLISH_FINAL_0517.pdf).  As a resource to the community, this initiative also resulted in a community resource guide. The purpose of this community resource guide was to assist low-to moderate income families, along with organizations dedicated to serving them. A link to this guide can be found here. In year three of this initiative, a cohort of Master Trainer’s was established to provide training to those interested in training others on the Upward to Financial Stability curriculum. To receive information on Master Trainers that are in your local area, please email the contact below. Lastly, a final report of this initiative can be found here. For more information, please click HERE 

Contact

Travis E. Williams, Travis.Williams@dhhs.nc.gov

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