Fiscal Training Webinar on the SF-425 and Match Requirements for DD Councils  SF-425 forms are required for each grant award year and are due no later than 90 days following the end of the grant period (December 31).  We are pleased to host this important webinar featuring presentations by staff from the ACL Office of Grants Management. Please join us on November 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time for this training opportunity. If you cannot join us, the webinar will be archived and posted on the website for your use. The link to join the webinar is posted under the announcements section of the Homepage on the website.

Fiscal Year 2017 Program Performance Reports.  As you already know, PPR's will NOT be due January 1, 2018. A firm date to submit has not been established, but please do not wait to gather and analyze the data for the 2017 reporting year. Council staff and members should use the results from work completed in FY 2017 to inform work planned in FY 2018 as well as determine progress towards the 5-year goals. Collecting data about work and outcomes will enable the Council and staff to make informed decisions about successes, barriers, and adjustments that may need to be made to work plans and the State plan. 

Helpful hint:  Use the Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Work plan as your guide. The annual work plan can serve as a functional outline when developing progress narratives. As you already know, the work plans are developed by objective and will allow you to develop a progress narrative with information about objective activities to include details about outputs, outcomes, evaluation, and performance measure attainment.  

Character limits - The best guidance we can provide at this time is no greater than 24,000 per progress report section. Of course, this may change.  

Consumer Satisfaction - several Councils have asked where to find the Consumer Satisfaction Toolkit. As you may remember, the "toolkit surveys" (individual and stakeholder) are no longer required (the requirement to use these surveys ended with the last 5-year state plan).  

Councils should develop their own consumer satisfaction surveys that will inform their work and provide the data required for the new performance measures (IFA 3.1 and IFA 3.2). If you need samples of surveys others Councils are using and/or want to review the data collection strategies other Councils are using, please visit the Program Performance Reports page of the itacc website. We have added some consumer satisfaction survey samples from the Nevada , Texas , and South Carolina Councils. (Look under the Additional PPR Resources heading)
Georgetown University Leadership Academy Website Launched!
Apply now for the 2018 Georgetown University Leadership Academy! (April 30th - May 3rd, 2018) Leadership Academy Website

Working with Linguistically Diverse Populations?
Check out these frequently Asked Questions about how to implement language access. National Center for Cultural Competence Website
RESOURCES/Upcoming Events
Understanding Advocacy through the DD Council Lens
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NACDD/ITACC, in collaboration with AIDD, and NACDD’s Self-Advocacy Committee developed this resource designed to enhance the understanding of advocacy from the unique perspective of DD Councils. Download and share this resource today! Keep track of how it is used and a follow up will be conducted later in the year. PDF Version
'Tuesday's with Liz' A Weekly Video Series
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'Tuesdays with Liz' is a weekly video series highlighting current issues in disability policy. It is hosted by Liz Weintraub, a long-time disability advocate, and produced by AUCD.

In this edition, Liz interviews Amie Lulinski, the Research & Development Coordinator at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. Viewers learn about the State of the States resource and why its data is important for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and others. For more information, visit the "What's New" page of the State of the States website. To view the video, click below.
What is LifeCourse Framework?
A person-centered planning philosophy developed by families and self-advocates.

For more information, view Charting the LifeCourse: Introduction to the LifeCourse Framework by Sheli Reynolds, Ph.D., Associate Director of Training and Technical Assistance UMKC Institute for Human Development. (UCEDD)

For LifeCourse principles, resources, toolkits and more, visit
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SAVE - the - DATES

  • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) National Self Advocacy Conference - June 7-8, 2018. For more information, visit

  • University of Delaware's National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities - January 21-26, 2018. Applications accepted through November 24, 2017. To apply, visit National Leadership Consortium
Partners in Policymaking: A Family's Journey
“Technology is my way to communicate with the world. It is my freedom to get out there. It is my voice!" ..."I can’t imagine what my world would be like without it.”
Justin Smith ~

Kris Schulze graduated from Partners in Policymaking in 2001-2002. Due to learning about inclusion and assistive technology, her son Justin has always lived a fully inclusive life. In turn, Justin graduated from Partners in Policymaking in 2017. He is now attending college, has his own blog , and is a public speaker. Justin was selected to present at the State Capitol Grand Opening in August 2017 along with former US Senator David Durenberger and Colleen Wieck, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council. That presentation was shared on social media and Microsoft sent a film crew to Minnesota in September of this year. Click below to view Justin's Inclusion in Action video.
To reach NACDD/ITACC staff, please feel free to contact:
Sheryl Matney, Director of Technical Assistance 
202-506-5813 ext. 148,

Angela Castillo-Epps,Technical Assistance Specialist 
202-506-5813 ext. 100,