The Council is supporting a variety of projects in the 2017-2018 grant period to benefit Arkansans with I/DD and their families. These projects are taking place across the state, with programs in every Congressional District. The projects are listed below, grouped by Area of Emphasis:
Supporting Self-Advocacy (SA)
The Self-Advocacy Network Development Project (SAND) – To employ statewide self-advocacy coordinator, and support that coordinator in reversing the trend of declining local SA organization participation (by providing training to create strong SA leaders across Arkansas). CONTINUATION
Access to Community Supports & Services
The "Champions" Advocate Training Project/DD Services Awareness Campaign – To educate advocates and allies on the needs of Arkansans with I/DD and to inform individuals with I/DD and their families of available supports and services.
The Community Resources Awareness and Training Project – To provide information/training on available community resources and reach underserved individuals and families.
Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)
The Provider Transformation Project – To increase competency of employment service providers in providing support for CIE and to build capacity of employment service providers. CONTINUATION
The Independence Project – To create a path to independent living through CIE and promote healthy lifestyles for individuals with I/DD.
The CIE Awareness Campaign Collaboration Project – To increase employer awareness of the diverse pool of capable, potential employees with I/DD and to increase competitive, integrated job placements.
The Ready to Work Project – To assist in the transition from sheltered to integrated workplace and provide increased job opportunities for individuals with I/DD.
Council Website and Marketing Project (with Arkansas Department of Finanace and Administration - Management Services)
Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Provider Transformation Project - To provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. A contracted Subject Matter Expert was engaged to provide intensive technical assistance and guidance to both community based and state agency service providers and staff in working through this transition.
University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project - To employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016 as Disability Rights Arkansas' Self-Advocate Coordinator.
This page will be updated as more projects are funded across the state.
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