Developmental disabilities are a range of long-term conditions. These disabilities are severe and may either affect the person physically, such as blindness, or impact the cognition, which impairs learning abilities. The impairments in most situations are life-long and there isn’t a cure but treatment can lessen the impact of the symptoms. Therefore, the caregivers ought to be educated and funded in order to keep the treatments within budget and provide employment opportunities to the disabled individuals.
North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities sets funds aside for giving the families of people suffering from chronic conditions. The council grants funds to the soliciting competitors and espouse s policy reforms related to giving independence to the disabled individuals and enhancing their productivity. The council functions as an advisory body facilitating the policymakers and agencies that are working to make the living condition of the people with developmental disabilities better. The council itself is funded by Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD).
Focus Areas of the ND State Council on Developmental Disabilities
The council primarily focuses on four major areas:
- Equip the people having developmental disabilities with necessary facilities and the families of such people so that they have an access to the services.
- Work towards minimizing the implications of the medical conditions and endorse prevention.
- Include the people with developmental disabilities with other community members and engage them in activities.
- Create and provide employment opportunities to disabled person suffering from lifelong conditions.
According the Plan 2017-2021, North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities, hopes to increase community activities so that more than 200 people have access to information, support and services. Self-advocates can participate each year to improve the quality of life of the disabled people. The council also hopes to attain the targets by proving employment to disabled individuals between 18 and 21 years of age. 25 college scholarships will be given to the disabled students each year of the State Plan and will make efforts to increase the retention rate of the disabled workforce in organizations.
Entities Eligible for Funds
Following entities can qualify to receive the grants:
- Private Sector
- Not-for-Profit Organizations
- State and Other Local Government Agencies
- Licensed Developmental Disability Providers
There are various different types of funding opportunities available. Small funds are allocated for one-time projects to carry out innovative tasks. Applicants have to demonstrate that the respective challenges that the funds will be used to tackle haven’t been addressed on a large scale before. Self-advocacy groups, run by the people with developmental disabilities, also get funds to help in the training and educational development efforts of other members. Consumer leadership funds are also provided to the disabled individuals and their family members so that they may attend workshops or conferences to increase the skill set and knowledge on the developmental disabilities.