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NACDD on National Native American Heritage Month

NACDD on National Native American Heritage Month

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities celebrates the culture and heritage of the remarkable Americans who deeply enrich the quality and character of our Nation. For almost one hundred years, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and Non-Native Americans have urged that there be a permanently designated,  special place on

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Supreme Court, Disability Rights, and ACA

By Ada Chung, NACDD Intern Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg wrote the decision of the Olmstead v. L.C., the case that held unjustified segregation of people with disabilities was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This decision paved the way for people with disabilities to escape institutions and live

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NACDD Welcomes President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

Looks forward to working together to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities WASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. In his speech on Saturday, President-Elect Biden emphasized the importance of the disability community and highlighted his

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Learning Disabilities Awareness Month: Growing up with ADHD

by Emily Kranking Not everybody knows that October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. So, let me shine on this month by talking about my learning disorder. All of my life, I have had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is the most common learning disability with 6 million students diagnosed with it. The type of ADHD that I have is attention-deficit. Symptoms of attention-deficit ADHD include being distracted & zoning

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NACDD Encourages People with Disabilities to Vote

WASHINGTON – As millions of Americans cast ballots in advance of Election Day, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) urges all people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote by mail or in-person.   “Do not be deterred from voting, no matter what you hear about long

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NACDD Commemorates 50 Years of DD Council Success

Congress amended the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963 in the Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Amendments of 1970,[6] a law that introduced the term “developmental disability” and expanded the population covered under the law beyond individuals with mental retardation to include individuals with

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NACDD on Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Learning Disabilities Awareness Month aims to educate, raise awareness, and celebrate the unique differences of various learning disabilities including dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other executive functioning difficulties. According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 2.5 million students have

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NACDD on National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

October 1st commemorates the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the various contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. 2020 is an exciting year, as it marks the 75th anniversary of NDEAM

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National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities to Host Virtual Townhall on Medicaid Managed Care in Collaboration with Aetna Better Health

Washington, DC – National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is teaming up with Aetna Better Health, a CVS Health Company, to host a virtual townhall to explore Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). The townhall-style event, which will be held on September

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NACDD Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“We the people” lost a larger-than-life champion for equality on the Supreme Court this weekend. For 27 years, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped move the Supreme Court into a new century of jurisprudence with thoughtful and contemporary decisions and dissents. While she will be remembered primarily for her work on

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Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2020 Statement

Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week (September 13-19, 2020) is an amazing opportunity to feature the committed, groundbreaking direct support labor force that is at the heart and soul of assistance for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) recognizes and

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Resources for this election season!

With election season underway, One Vote Now has put together a resource list with all of the organizations that have provided information on everything you may need to make an informed decision this November. This information has been collected from the websites listed, so please refer to each website for

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Advocates Speak on How to Stay Happy & Healthy While Social Distancing

From the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council has put together a YouTube Channel called Advocates as Leaders Speakers’ Network. It is a series of videos from self-advocates that share their views on how to stay happy and healthy while social distancing through this pandemic. Robert

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Census Day of Action: August 2020

By Rafael Rolon-Muniz The accuracy of the Census is important for people with disabilities, but a history of low response rates remain a concern for us all. Recently, a decision was made to extend deadlines of the 2020 Census in recognition of the disruption of activities due to COVID-19. While

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‘Come as You Are’ — Unless You Are an Actor Who’s Disabled

Originally written for The Mighty This past Thursday, the new movie “Come as You Are” became viral on Twitter after the trailer dropped. The film, which had a limited theatrical release in February, was recently released digitally and is available to rent or purchase on Amazon. “Come as You Are” is

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Financial Security and Self-Determination for People with Disabilities During COVID-19

By Sam Miller As COVID-19 continues to spread across America, it has exposed the many ways in which public health crises disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations in our society. One such population, people with intellectual disabilities, has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. According to an analysis of data collected by NPR, people with intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania and New York

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Can Classes Stay Virtual after COVID-19?

By Emily Kranking  As an actress with cerebral palsy, I have two needs: Acting lessons for training and transportation to take me there. I have recently moved to Frederick, MD. Back when I lived in Burtonsville, I was much closer to Washington DC, the place to study acting in this heart of America. But, it doesn’t mean Uber trips

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DD Awareness Blog – Quarantine

I use public transportation to work and back. I take the Metro Red Line from Shady Grove to Farragut North. The stations can be dirty, and any of the people I sit next to, behind, or in front of could have a slight cold. Yes, I can catch that. And don’t get me started on the crammed bus that

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DD Awareness Blog – COVID-19

Stay inside… REALLY! One person is all it takes. No one in this world can stress this enough. Trust me. This morning, I learned that I may have possibly been exposed to the coronavirus, even though I was around healthy people all weekend. I am now not going to my friend’s show this weekend (even though it’s likely to be

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DD Awareness Month Blog

DDAM Kicks Off! by Emily Kranking Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time where our great nation reflects on the achievements of people who have developmental disabilities. Developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder affect one’s growth and/or cognition. As of

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Call for Proposals for our 2020 Annual Conference

NACDD invites individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, researchers, service providers, employers, policymakers and others involved in supporting individuals with disabilities to submit ideas related to this year’s theme: Driving Disability Advocacy for the Next 50  Years. We are looking for presentation topics that are innovative, impactful, and inspiring.

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Impact Report on Intelligent Lives

The documentary Intelligent Lives had success in both reception and above all: Opening minds of people.  98% of viewers indicated that INTELLIGENT LIVES helped them understand the concept of “presuming competence” —that everyone has talents and is a full and valuable participant in society. 97% of viewers indicated that INTELLIGENT LIVES helped

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Census Bureau 2020

Data of people with disabilities being added to the Census Bureau is crucial. The Census Bureau will collect the data to make statistics for America to see how disability is handled in the 50 states and additional territories. The statistics about American citizens will make way for government programs, laws

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ACL’s Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities Authored New Blog from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

ACL’s Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities Julie Hocker authored a new blog from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) about American businesses hiring workers with disabilities and ACL’s Disability Employment Challenge. “Today in America there are more than seven million unfilled jobs. And there are also more than ten

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2020 NACDD Board of Directors Announced

NACDD is excited to announce the new names that will be joining the NACDD Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2020! First, we’d like to say thank you to current Board President Shannon Buller (WY), who will be completing her tenure at the end of the fiscal year and transitioning

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REV UP

National Disability Voter Registration Week

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power “We are actively fighting for the fair and civic inclusion of people with disabilities in every political, social, and economic front. We know the disabled community has experienced violence beyond imaginable, been overly institutionalized, been denied access to competitive employment, and have often had their rights trampled

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Survivor Justice is Disability Justice

“Survivor Justice is Disability Justice” Schools Must Protect Students with Disabilities from Sexual Harassment NWLC RESOURCE Survivor Justice Is Disability Justice FACT SHEETS Download Survivor Justice is Disability Justice Fact Sheet PDF Schools Must Protect Students with Disabilities from Sexual Harassment Supporting students with disabilities means addressing sexual harassment, including

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MD DD Council announces next Executive Director

Rachel London named next Executive DirectorBrian Cox Retiring After 26 years with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, including 19 years as the Executive Director, Brian Cox is retiring at the end of August 2019.  Brian’s leadership of the Council has capped a career that started 38 years ago when he

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FOR HIRE: North Carolina DD Council Executive Director

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. For more information: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2268618-0/executive-director-council-on-developmental-disabilities

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NACDD congratulates Easterseals on 100 years!

Happy Birthday Easterseals! NACDD congratulates Easterseals on 100 years! We are proud to work together with Easterseals at the national level through the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities CCD and at the state level through the Councils on Developmental Disabilities across the country. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=878488825821894

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The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council is recruiting for an Executive Director

THE POSITION https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau?keywords=executive&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs&fbclid=IwAR2uxF5BhWsLdPudfo16turgKF4oo_u7it_oSkmx2zVKgC4HdNHGa6XYaAI&jobId=2400245&jobName=executive-director-developmental-disabilities-planning-council&tab=1 Are you seeking a high-level leadership opportunity in supporting full and meaningful lives for people with developmental disabilities? Do you enjoy using your skills in critical thinking and collaboration to achieve positive change for all? Do you have a strong understanding of the history of disability and

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Midwest Leadership Institute Opportunity

Are you interested in becoming a leader, or a better leader, in your organization and the intellectual and developmental disabilities field? If so, the Midwest Leadership Institute is a great opportunity for you. This intensive, week-long Leadership Institute is being offered in Kansas City, Missouri, April 7-12, 2019. A select

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NACDD Mourns the Loss of Rep. John Dingell

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) mourns the passing of former Representative John Dingell of Michigan. The longest serving United States Representative, Dingell was a vocal advocate and proponent of accessible and comprehensive health care. Dingell devoted his considerable legislative talents to promoting the passage of Medicare,

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NACDD Call for Proposals for Annual Conference 2019

NACDD invites individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, researchers, service providers, employers, policy makers and others involved in the disability community to submit ideas for sessions related to this year’s theme: Jazz it Up! Building on Our Potential. We are looking for presentation topics that are innovative, impactful and inspiring.

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NACDD Thanks Sponsors of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019

All workers deserve equal pay for equal work and minimum wage protection. Today, NACDD joined our DD Act sister organizations (AUCD, NDRN) and more national partners to thank the sponsors of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 for advancing economic security for workers with disabilities. Read the sign on

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Jermaine Alerta Announced as New Executive Director of Guam DD Council

Jermaine Alerta has been announced as the new Executive Director of the Guam Developmental Disabilities Council. Mr. Alerta has many experience working with private and non-profit organizations.  He worked under previous administrations  including working for the 27th to 28th and 31st through 34th Guam Legislature and served in many roles

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NACDD Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON – This past weekend, the disability community lost a very important advocate, President George H.W Bush. Today, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) joins the country in recognizing a national day of mourning for the loss of such an esteemed man and visionary leader.   In

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NACDD Announces New Partnership with “Intelligent Lives” Film

NACDD is thrilled to announce our partnership with award-winning director Dan Habib on his new film, “Intelligent Lives.” This film is a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

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DD Councils Addressing Sexual Abuse Report

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 2017, NACDD and ITACC compiled a report on the work that many of our Councils are doing on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse in people with Developmental Disabilities.

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2018 NACDD Annual Conference Wrap-Up!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 NACDD Annual Conference and Associated Meetings! This year’s events were a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without all of YOU! On Wednesday, July 11, NACDD held the annual Champion of Equal Opportunity (CEO) Award Luncheon, hosted by Optum. During

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NACDD Statement on OIG Report

For Immediate Release January 17, 2018 CONTACT: Donna Meltzer, CEO, dmeltzer@nacdd.org US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REPORT ON HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SHOWS NEED FOR GREATER INVESTMENT AND OVERSIGHT WASHINGTON – Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector

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115th Congress DD Act Partners Policy Priorities

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities and National Disability Rights Network released the Policy Priorities for the 115th Session of Congress for 2017. To view the Policy Priorities, click here.

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DD Councils Addressing Sexual Abuse and Neglect

Dear DD Council Network members, We are pleased to announce the availability of a special publication about the work of DD Councils in the area of Sexual Abuse and Neglect.  We would like to thank the following Councils for their collaboration on this important project: Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virginia,

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HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 proposed rule is now on display for public inspection at:  https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.  The rule will publish on November 2, and the comment period will close on November 27.

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