The Arkansas Council's 2017-2021 state plan was given federal approval by the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services Administration on Community Living, and the Council's mission/activities will follow that plan for the next five years. GCDD's goals and objectives for the next five years are listed below. To see details on the activities of the plan, please use the links below to access our state plan documents.
Goal One: People with developmental disabilities and their families will be active in advocacy activities that improve their lives, and the lives of others and the service system.
Each year of the five-year state plan, the Council will provide support to strengthen a statewide self-advocacy organization by increasing activity and participation by self-advocates in Arkansas.
The Council on developmental disabilities will collaborate with Disability Rights Arkansas and Partners for Inclusive Communities to support self-advocates and their families by providing technical assistance and administrative support to increase leadership training.
Each year of the five-year state plan, the Council will increase opportunities for self-advocates who are leaders to train other self-advocates to become leaders and increase opportunities for participation in cross-disability, culturally diverse organizations.
Goal Two: People with developmental disabilities and their families will have increased access to community support and services.
For each year of the five-year state plan the Council will provide support to community partners to strengthen access to information, training and education for Arkansans with developmental disabilities and their families about available programs and services within the State.
To address targeted disparity, the Council, together with community partners in Northwest Arkansas, will work with Marshallese people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who do not speak English and/or speak English as a second language (ESL) to reduce language barriers when accessing information and services.
The Council will collaborate with regional community partners to identify and prioritize strategies to reduce barriers to supports and services for Arkansans with developmental disabilities who do not speak English and/or speak English as a second language (ESL).
Goal Three: The Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities.
The Council will promote participation of people with developmental disabilities in the Employment First Taskforce and similar community programs to affect policies and regulations that will increase competitive, integrated employment for Arkansans with developmental disabilities.
The Council will support the capacity of vocational service providers and employers to increase opportunities for competitive, integrated employment of people with developmental disabilities.
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