RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Public comment is needed from people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, caregivers, advocates and the public at large by the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) on the proposed Five Year State Plan goals and objectives. The plan includes three goals recommending increased financial security, increased community living and increased advocacy for people with I/DD and their families, in NC.
“Our work is guided by our Five Year Plan and we need input from the estimated 185,000 people with I/DD in the State, as well as their friends, parents, siblings, professional caregivers and other stakeholders,” Chris Egan, executive director of NCCDD said. “Over the next five years, we have an opportunity to do more to improve the quality of life for people with I/DD and their families, and we will focus on the changes they hope to see.”
The proposed goals and objectives are available on the Council’s website at www.nccdd.org and all citizens are invited to comment on the plan. Public comment is open from December 1 through January 14, 2016.
Required by the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), NCCDD is charged to develop and adopt a strategic plan for 2017-2021 to address the needs of the disability community when it comes to services and supports.
The Council gathered input from the community through 13 public listening sessions across the State and an online community survey during the summer. The goals and objectives are based on the public input received, and the Council will evaluate all public comment at its quarterly meeting in February 2016. If substantial revisions are needed, the goals and objectives will be revised and a second 45-day public comment period will be opened to the community. Once approved, the goals and objectives will serve as the basis for the overall Five Year Plan.
The Five Year Plan must be submitted to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) for approval by August 15, 2016 and will take effect on October 1, 2016.
“This is an important form of advocacy and we want to hear from everyone as the Council and staff strive to create a plan that will promote inclusive and integrated opportunities for North Carolina’s I/DD community,” added Egan.
About the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities:
The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) works to assure that people with intellectual and other 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. Through its Five Year Plan, the Council identifies 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.