What does the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities do?

Published 05/09/2008 07:31 AM   |    Updated 03/11/2014 04:19 PM
What does the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities do?

The Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to advance independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspect of society. We do not provide direct services but, instead, accomplish our mission through training, evaluation, collaboration, education, research, and advocacy.

The Council receives and disseminates about $1.5 million in federal funds to support innovative programs that are visionary, influence public policy, empower individuals and families, and advocate systems change. The Governor appoints board members and 60 percent must be people with developmental disabilities or their family members. Some examples of projects/programs we fund include:

"Disabilities Awareness Month" each March - posters, bookmarks, planning packets, etc.

Spark newsletter - 6 issues per year (available in print and online)

Publications - Power of Words brochure, Guide to Indiana Statewide Disability Information Numbers, Guide to On-line and In Person Advocacy Training Programs; The Legislative Process booklet, and other information.

An annual conference, seminars and workshops

Scholarships for people with disabilities and family members to attend conferences through the Consumer Investment Fund

Fifth Freedom Advocacy Network, Youth Leadership Forum and other projects designed to empower people with disabilities and families.

Please explore the Council Website (http://www.in.gov/gpcpd/) for more information on these and other activities of the Council. Contact the Council at 317-232-7770 or gpcpd@gpcpd.org

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