NC Advocacy Leaders Network with North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and AKALAKA - Handle Life Together.
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Leadership Network Development

Cultivate a strong support network for graduates from diverse leadership programs. Ensure they receive ongoing resources and assistance.

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Training and Education

Utilize advanced models for virtual mentorship and education.

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Policy and Community Engagement

Foster meaningful change by engaging policymakers and the community.

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Advocacy and Empowerment

Equip people with the tools and chances to advocate for more of us to live longer, healthier lives where we thrive.

As our network grows, we want to provide public education on policies and practices that affect our community and we want you to be a part of what we are building!

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The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) works collaboratively, across the State, to assure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families participate in the design of-- and have access to-- needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all areas of community life. The Council identifies problems facing its community through its five-year planning process and funds innovative projects and initiatives that promote the goals of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) for all North Carolinians. North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the designated state agency for NCCDD. 

The NCCDD is making an important investment in AKALAKA establishing and maintaining an organized network of developmental disabilities advocacy leaders made up of North Carolinians that are graduates from state and nationally recognized advocacy and leadership development programs. This initiative will identify, track, further train, and keep informed the graduates from NC I/DD advocacy training programs, so that as members of the NC Advocacy Leaders Network - they can be informed and organized to educate others about I/DD issues important to them and/or all North Carolinians.

Participants of Partners in Policymaking, NC IDD Peer Mentor Training, Ability Leadership Project of NC, Advancing Strong Leadership, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Related Disabilities, NC GRIP - Advocates for People with Disabilities, Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility, NC Stakeholder Engagement Group, and some other non-disability specific innovative leadership training programs will be considered for membership in the network.

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This project was supported, in part by grant number 2301NCSCDD ($2,168,620.00), from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.