Part of my job as the Director is to be the Chair of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council- which expands resources through planning for folks with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council advocates for folks of all ages to achieve the highest possible level of independence while being included in the life of the surrounding community. We rolled out our new Five Year State Plan this week-focusing on employment and self advocacy along with other key support and integration and quality of life goals.
Our updated website provides the community with information on state, federal and private sector programs, a quarterly newsletter that highlights programs and people from around Arizona who are achieving success, and offers a listing of comprehensive resources. We’ve also developed a Legal Options Manual in conjunction with the Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Native American Disability Law Center. More info is on the ADDPC website. Check it out and send this to your friends that are interested in helping folks with developmental disabilities today.