Advocacy Development Committee Minutes, August 2017

Advocacy Development Committee
Thursday, August 10, 2017 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Hilton Garden Inn, Cary, NC

Members Present: Alexandra McArthur, Joseph Breen, Eric Chavis, Katie Holler, Kelly Kimple, Cheryl Powell, Nessie Siler, Daniel Smith, Deborah Zuver

Members Absent: NaKima Clark, Jason Faircloth, Rep. Verla Insko, Clare Shocket

Staff in Attendance: Melissa Swartz, Yadira Vasquez

Guests: Renate Macchirole, Brandon Matthews

Welcome and Introductions:
Committee Chairperson Nessie Siler called the meeting to order, and welcomed all members, including new members, and guests.

Approval of Minutes:
Katie Holler made a motion to approve the May, 2017 Advocacy Development Committee minutes. Cheryl Powell seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

Initiative Update Inclusive Advocacy Leadership Development Initiative (IALD):
Brandon Matthews, co-coordinator and Melissa Swartz, staff provided a detailed update of the NCCDD In-House Inclusive Advocacy Leadership Development Initiative (IALD). The two primary activities of the IALD are developing a NC Self-Advocate Collaborative, now identified as the NC Empowerment Network (NCEN) and an Inclusive Leadership Curriculum, now identified as the Inclusive Leadership Development Training.

Brandon provided a NC Empowerment Network (NCEN) status update including transfer of responsibilities of the Association of Self-Advocates of NC (ASANC) 501c3 to NCEN, and NCEN subcommittee activities. The next meeting of the NCEN is October 6 and the primary business is re-engaging the PATH strategic planning process with facilitator Cate Weir, and graphic artist Tanya Richmond.

Brandon and Melissa provided the leadership development training exploration activity update. NC Partners in Policymaking and NC Advancing Strong Leadership graduates, participants, mentors, and program staff make up a core steering committee. The steering committee continued working on identifying a strategic exploration approach, drafting information gathering tools, and determining the platform for information gathering.

Information gathering tentatively scheduled for July and August was delayed for further development on the information gathering tools and reconsideration of the information gathering platform. The next meeting of the steering committee is tentatively scheduled for September.

Future Investments Discussion
Advocacy Development Committee members were reminded that their May future investments discussion involved the "No Cost Extension" for the Inclusive Advocacy Leadership Development Initiative and address of the Council’s Targeted Disparity Objective involving outreach to the Hispanic/Latino disability community.

Outreach: Hispanic/Latino Developmental Disability Community
Melissa provided background information and a status update on address of the Council’s 5-Year State Plan targeted disparity objective. Two of three RFA drafts in review by the Council include verbiage for outreach and inclusion of the Hispanic/Latino disability community. Also, the 5-Year State Plan Ad Hoc Committee (5YSP AHC) accepted the charge to facilitate the development of a NCCDD Language Access Plan (LAP). The LAP may include internal operations processes and coordinating information gathering opportunities to address the targeted disparity state plan goal objective, as well as the federally mandated targeted disparity requirement. Details of the proposed features and development approach and timeline of the Language Access Plan shared with the Advocacy Development Committee will be provided by Sandra Terrell, 5YSP AHC co-chair during the Council’s New Business/Ad Hoc Committees report on August 11.

Fiscal Report
Yadira Vasquez, NCCDD Business Officer provided an overview of the Advocacy Development Committee initiative budgets.

Motion to adjourn was made by Eric Chavis. The motion was seconded by Cheryl Powell. The motion was approved.