The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and First in Families North Carolina are hosting a virtual screening of the movie, 6,000 Waiting, a 30-minute documentary produced by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. The virtual movie screening and panel discussion will take place on April 8, 2021 from 6:30 - 8 PM via Zoom. Registration is required as space is limited. American Sign Language and CART Captioning will be provided.
When: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 6:30 - 8 PM (EST)
Where: Virtual via Zoom
What: The virtual event will open with a welcome by NCCDD and First in Families North Carolina followed by a performance by Chris Hendricks, local musician and NCCDD Council Policy Coordinator. The movie screening will begin at 6:45 PM. Following the screening, NCCDD will host a panel discuss about the North Carolina Innovations Waiver List, also known as the Registry of Unmet Needs. Panelists will be announced in next week.
6,000 Waiting focuses on "three Georgians with developmental disabilities whose lives are significantly impacted by the staggering lack and complexity of state Medicaid waiver funding. With persistence, courage, and self-determination, they fight to access the resources they desperately need to live life on their own terms."
Why: The event aims to bring focus on the importance of funding for Medicaid Waivers that allow for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities live meaningful lives in the community of their choice. In North Carolina, there is a waiting list with over 15,000 individuals waiting for services through the NC Innovations Waiver.
About North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities: The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) works to assure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all areas of community life. The Council identifies problems facing its community through its five-year planning process and funds innovative projects and initiatives that promote the goals of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) for all North Carolinians.
About First in Families North Carolina: Founded by parents and self-advocates in 1995, First In Families (FIF) is a catalyst for individuals and families in North Carolina to meet their self-determined wellness goals, by leveraging relationships and resources, and encouraging reciprocity in their communities. FIF supports individuals and families impacted by Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or other challenges in all 100 counties of NC to acquire crucial goods and services, meet current goals & plan for the future, and find opportunities to give back to others.
About the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is the State's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to bring about social and policy changes that promote opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia communities.