ACDD Now Accepting Applications for Membership to Advocate for those with Developmental Disabilities

The Council identifies the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in Alabama. The Council is responsible for developing a state plan and approving grant projects and other activities to carry out the objectives in the state plan to improve the lives of Alabamians with developmental disabilities and their families. Activities include providing outreach, education, and advocacy.

The 36-member, Governor-appointed Council consists of:

• Individuals with developmental disabilities
• Parents or legal guardians of children with developmental disabilities under the age of 18
• Immediate relatives or legal guardians of adults with mentally impairing conditions who cannot advocate for themselves
• A person with a developmental disability who lives or has lived in an institution or an immediate relative or legal guardian of an individual with a developmental disability who lives or has lived in an institution
• Representatives from state agencies that provide services and supports to people with developmental disabilities
• Representatives from the Alabama University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Protection and Advocacy System
• Representatives from a local and non-governmental agency concerned with services for people with developmental disabilities and a private non-profit group concerned with services for people with developmental disabilities

A standard term for members is three years. A member, except for other DD Act Programs or State Agency members, may be appointed a maximum of two consecutive full terms.

Those wishing to apply for membership can fill out an application at www.acdd.org. Alternate formats are available by request by contacting Darryle Powell at 334-242-3976 or darryle.powell@mh.alabama.gov. Applicants will receive a confirmation email and/or letter confirming receipt of the application.

For more information, contact the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities at 334-242-3973 or visit www.acdd.org.

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ACDD Holds Local COVID Vaccination Clinic for those with Developmental Disabilities

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) is conducting a COVID vaccination clinic for those with developmental disabilities and their families. The clinic is a joint effort of the ACDD, the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program (ADAP), University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Independent Living Center of Mobile, and the University of Alabama School of Social Work.

ACDD COVID Vaccination Clinic

March 19, 2022

10 am – 1 pm

Hank Williams Museum

127 West Rose Street, Georgiana, Butler County

There is no cost for the vaccine. Those who attend the clinic are encouraged to wear a face mask.

“In the past, it’s been difficult for some with developmental disabilities to get vaccinated against COVID,” said Darryle Powell, Executive Director of the ACDD.  “With a designated vaccination clinic for them in the area where they live, we hope to make it much easier. It’s important that all Alabamians have access to the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them from the effects of the coronavirus.”

For more information, contact the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities at 334-242-3973 or visit www.acdd.org.

ABOUT THE ALABAMA COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) is comprised of 36 governor-appointed volunteer members, including people with developmental disabilities, family members, and representatives of public agencies that serve them. The organization is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities. To that end, ACDD works towards system changes in aspects of service/support to promote better lives for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. For more information, visit www.acdd.org.

ACDD Launches New “See Me” Campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has launched a new campaign to coincide with Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Each message features a different person with disabilities inviting the viewer to “See me as” an “equal”, “employee”, “graduate”, “neighbor”, “achiever” and more.

The ACDD’s colorful and engaging messages can be seen across social media, digital ads online, and outdoor billboards throughout the state.

“Our survey results showed that there were several concerns among those with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Darryle Powell, Executive Director of the ACDD. “Many times, the general population is unaware of the strides the disabled have made in terms of employment, educational opportunities, and housing.”

Powell continued: “This campaign brings attention to their many achievements in these areas, as well as how they simply want to be seen and accepted by their fellow Alabamians. They want the same things as anyone else, to be active participants in their communities. Through this campaign, we hope to increase understanding, and for people to get to know and appreciate those with developmental disabilities.”

For more information, contact the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities at 334-242-3973 or visit www.acdd.org.

ABOUT THE ALABAMA COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) is comprised of 36 governor-appointed volunteer members, including people with developmental disabilities, family members, and representatives of public agencies that serve them. The organization is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities. To that end, ACDD works towards system changes in aspects of service/support to promote better lives for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. For more information, visit www.acdd.org.

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities creates public awareness video campaign to help vulnerable population on exploitation and human trafficking

January is recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, the buying and selling of people. Thousands of men, women, girls, and boys in America fall prey to human trafficking, which encompasses both forced labor as well as sexual exploitation at the hands of traffickers. The CDC states that “in the United States, people with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to be victimized than people without them and children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be victimized as children without them.”

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) in Montgomery, Alabama has awarded Fowler Davis, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama a second grant to continue the educational campaign for trafficking of persons with developmental disabilities. The campaign includes English and Spanish fact sheets, dedicated website, five animated videos on different types of exploitation, a General Awareness video, all in English and Spanish, social media campaign, and digital ads distributed across Alabama newspapers.

“Exploitation and human trafficking of children in Alabama is a silent epidemic happening in rural communities to large cities. Our goal is to provide education and empower this highly-vulnerable population to learn the signs to understand what this means to help prevent them from being exploited in the first place. We commend ACDD on being proactive with this campaign to provide resources and preventive education. Alabama will be the leader with this type of video and educational campaign in the United States,” states Barbara Fowler, Co-Owner of Fowler Davis, LLC.

Darryle Powell, Executive Director of ACDD, says “persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been a target population for traffickers due to their vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is especially gratifying to know that Fowler Davis will empower this population through educational campaigns to help prevent them from becoming victims of exploitation and trafficking.”

“Human trafficking is a major problem hiding in plain sight. Alabama has a high percentage of familial trafficking by a parent, family member, caregiver, or trusted adult. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities have difficulty understanding risky situations or how to understand who a risky person may be. This campaign will help educate them, along with parents, caregivers, educators, and others,” states Jeff Davis, Co-Owner of Fowler Davis, LLC.

If you see any suspicious activity related to possible human trafficking, do not attempt to confront, as this could jeopardize their safety and your own. Call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need help, or to report suspected human trafficking, call the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

ACDD Posts New Requests for Proposal at acdd.org

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has announced the availability of funds for innovative proposals that support the Council’s 2022-2026 Goals and Objectives. The four areas represented in the requests for proposal (RFPs) are: 1) education and early intervention; 2) employment; 3) formal and informal community supports; and 4) health.

Details for each of the new RFPs can be found at acdd.org/funding under “Current Requests for Proposal”.

“We’re looking for new ideas for projects that meet our mission,” said Darryle Powell, Executive Director of the ACDD. “Whether aimed at helping people attain employment, educational opportunities, or housing, for example, the projects should be focused on improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.”

For more information, contact the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities at 334-242-3973 or visit acdd.org.

ABOUT THE ALABAMA COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) is comprised of 36 governor-appointed volunteer members, including people with developmental disabilities, family members, and representatives of public agencies that serve them. The organization is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities. To that end, ACDD works towards system changes in aspects of service/support to promote better lives for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. For more information, visit acdd.org.

PIP Advisory Council—Become an Advocate for Positive Change

The Partners in Policymaking (PIP) leadership training program believes that the most significant and lasting public policy decisions come from the efforts of those most affected by them. Upon completion of PIP, participants will have the knowledge and skills needed to be advocates for opportunities and supports that promote self-determination, independence, and integration in all aspects of community life for themselves and others. PIP graduates will be prepared to work along with policymakers and will be empowered to be advocates for change.

PIP is sponsored by the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Network, made up of the Alabama Council on Developmental DisabilitiesUAB Civitan Sparks Clinics, and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program.

The Network is putting together an advisory council to support PIP.  If you’d like to serve on the advisory council, fill out this online application.

More information for applicants can be found here. The advisory council application deadline is midnight, Tuesday, June 15, 2021.