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TAKING INITIATIVE: Advocacy programs build future leaders and advocates


The North Carolina Partners in Policymaking™ program, an NCCDD initiative, has helped open the door for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and family members to participate in the public discussion of principles and policies that affect their lives and their role in the community.

The current class of 23 accepted applicants has completed two of the eight weekend seminars where they are learning how to build partnerships with elected officials, legislators, agencies and opinion leaders so that they can better express their views on the policy decisions affecting the services they and their families use.

The Partners program is all about systems change, from creating a shared vision of a system that promotes full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community, and making it a reality by working with leaders to base public policy decisions on the experiences ofthose who need and use services.


Building strong leaders in the I/DD field helps to continue the work of promoting inclusive and integrated communities. This is an important area of advocacy for NCCDD and the future of the disability community.

Emphasizing innovation and collaboration, the Advancing Strong Leadership Initiative was developed to offer participants the opportunity to come together with a faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. This year's class, which has met once so far in 2015, has 28 participants.

The initiative offers a formal self-assessment of leadership strengths and needs, group problem solving, lectures/presentations, small group work aimed at accomplishing personal and organizational goals and activities designed to identify and enhance individual leadership skills.

Advancing Strong Leadership is open to early career professionals in the I/DD field in North Carolina.
The current class is underway, and applications will be available in December 2015.


Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Prohibit Utility Disconnections

On March 31st, Governer Cooper signed Executive Order #124: an additional step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. The order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services for the next 60 days. The order directs utility companies to give residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment. Read more here.

If you have an Intellectual/ Cognitive Disability and Need to Go to the Hospital:
Your caregiver may come with you in the ambulance or in the hospital.

Wondering if/how the stimulus checks will affect Medicaid eligibility?

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Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any refund (or advance payment with respect to a refundable credit) made to any individual under this title shall not be taken into account as income, and shall not be taken into account as resources for a period of 12 months from receipt, for purposes of determining the eligibility of such individual (or any other individual) for benefits or assistance (or the amount or extent of benefits or assistance) under any Federal program or under any State or local program financed in whole or in part with Federal funds.

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North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
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