Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

inclusion. integration. independence

 

Advocacy

Inclusion, Integration & Independence for Arkansans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Promoting inclusion, integration and independence for Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in all parts of community life is our mission!

The Council works to identify the most pressing needs of the IDD community in our state and address those needs by conducting outreach, fostering change and supporting capacity-building efforts. We conduct activities and support programs and projects that fit our 5 year state plan. The Arkansas GCDD has three goals stated in our plan:

Goal One:  People with developmental disabilities and their families will be active in advocacy READ MORE >


March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and it is time to spread the word and take action! Join us each year - in the month of March - to spread awareness, promote acceptance and celebrate the advancement of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilites.

According to NACDD (the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities), the goal for DD Awareness Month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible READ MORE >


I Can Participate!

GCDD encourages integrated extracurricular activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These activities contribute to elevated self-esteem, enhanced positive behaviour, improved social competence, improved school or work attendance, and greater aspirations in life.  These experiences also serve to build relationships between individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and others, setting an expectation that persons with disabilities can exceed their perceived limitations and contribute to society.

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Self-Advocacy at the State Capitol

Policy change rarely happens overnight and is often linked to broader change in the political environment. Effective advocacy for policy change requires long-term as well as short-term thinking, an understanding of the points of resistance and the means to gain traction, the readiness to form alliances, and the flexibility to seize windows of opportunity.

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Self-Advocacy at the Capitol Can Bring About Policy Change!

These local self-advocates celebrate after Governor Hutchinson signs a bill they supported.

Self-advocates can exercise their rights as citizens by working together to promote statewide changes in disability policy and practices affecting their lives and the lives of others with disabilities across the state.

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