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NACDD was approached in early 2013 by United HealthCare, the largest provider of managed care in the country, to assist them with providing the best services for the DD community. NACDD’s CEO Donna Meltzer was invited to serve on UHC’s National Advisory Board on Disability, sharing knowledge and information about the needs and expectations of people with DD and their families in the realm of managed long-term supports and services.NACDD has also brokered connections among UHC, Optum and DD Councils to stimulate much needed dialogue about gaps in care and service and how providers can better serve the DD population. NACDD is now working with other health care providers, and envisions expanding work in this field to align with the growth of healthcare for people with developmental disabilities provided through managed care organizations.

In 1987, the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created Partners in Policymaking®. Partners is an innovative, competency-based leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The purpose of the program is two-fold: to teach best practices and to teach the competencies needed to influence public policy.

The program’s curriculum includes 128 hours of instruction that are taught over 8 weekends. It is delivered by organizations or individual coordinators who are responsible for recruiting participants, class organization, communication with expert trainers, and organizing financial aspects.

Partners programs have been implemented throughout the United States and internationally. More than 27,000 Partners graduates are part of a growing worldwide network of community leaders serving on policymaking committees, commissions, and boards at local, state, and national levels.

DD Councils have been instrumental in implementing Partners. Over the last five-year cycle, this included: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

DD Councils reported significant outcomes including graduates assuming leadership roles on boards, committees and influencing policy.

To learn more, contact the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
(651) 296-4018

Partners and Sponsors

Thank you to our partners and sponsors for all that you help us do!

United HealthCare Comm&State Logo  Optum Health Services Logo  Anthem Healthcare Logo  Molina Healthcare

Corporate Outreach

NACDD has increased its work with the Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) on issues like the disability treaty and employment. NACDD has also increased its work with the National Organization on Disability and its corporate leaders which have led on employment issues and the new Section 503 regulations around federal contractors hiring people with disabilities. NACDD’s work on its civic engagement initiative is enhanced and sharpened with the strategic advice and guidance of CivicSolve, a civic engagement consulting group.

The organization’s work on financial literacy continues to develop in partnership with the National Disability Institute (NDI) and CESI Solutions, a financial education company. In future years these partnerships will expand to include other financial institutions and industry related community partners.

Become an NACDD Partner!

Join Us Today in Shaping the Future by Changing People's Lives

NACDD’s goals in 2018 are to strategically build the organization’s ability to help deliver outcomes at the national, state and local levels that improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

NACDD welcomes the support of like-minded civic, philanthropic, business, and government leadership who want to help us advance the interests of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Charitable gifts, philanthropic grants, in-kind donations of goods or executive services, as well as sponsorship support now will help NACDD build on over 25 years of success in new and thoughtful ways.

Invest in these NACDD Key Results Areas:

  • Driving Federal Policy that Promotes the Independence and Equality of People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Expanding Timely Programs around Employment, Financial Literacy, Supporting Families and Civic Engagement
  • Providing More Pilot Grants for Innovative Programs
  • Promoting Model Programs for Replication
  • Developing Effective Collaborative Relationships
  • Advising Corporate Leadership on Best Practices
  • Raising Visibility on Issues and Programs
  • Improving Data Collection and Evaluation
  • Diversifying and Increasing Funding to Invest in Improved Outcomes

Only when people are informed about and understand the needs of those with Developmental Disabilities (DD) can true change occur and attitudes be changed. Gone should be the days of assuming that people with DD can’t, and instead we need government, business, civic leadership – as well as the public – to understand that people with DD can be educated at the highest of levels, gain meaningful and/or competitive employment, own a home of their own, live a completely self-directed life, and contribute back to their community and our society.

Corporate Opportunities for Partnership and Sponsorship

NACDD is building relationships with businesses and corporations that share the mission to ensure that all people with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities to succeed and thrive as everyone else.

Please contact us if you would be interested in partnering with us or supporting our work.

Contact Donna Meltzer, CEO
Call: (202) 506-5813 Ext. 103

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