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The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) is on a mission to support capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement of people with developmental disabilities in their communities through the promotion of self-determination and dignity in all aspects of life. Our five-year strategic plan guides our efforts to these ends by outlining specific outcomes (goals) we hope to achieve and the work we believe it will take to get there (objectives).
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PROPOSED GOAL 1 – SELF-DETERMINATION
Establish, strengthen, and expand advocacy among and for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) so that they can live more self-determined lives, fully engaged, and included in all aspects of community life.
Objective A: Annually, the Council will support or collaborate on at least three initiatives or policies that remove barriers and/or facilitate the ability of self-advocates to have their voices heard and acted upon, so that they are able to express themselves, make decisions for themselves, and live more self-determined lives.
Objective B: By FFY 2026, the Council will expand Council-supported opportunities for families and other support persons to help self-advocates lead more self-determined lives.
Objective C: By FFY 2026, the Council will increase participation of persons with I/DD in cross-disability, culturally diverse leadership coalitions and groups that address issues of importance to people with I/DD.
PROPOSED GOAL 2 – MEANINGFUL CAREERS
Increase the career potential of people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and link them with resources needed to achieve their career goals.
Objective A: By FFY 2026, the Council will support career outcomes of transition-aged youth (ages 14-22) with I/DD, increasing their awareness of and access to the education and training (e.g. credentialing, professional development, life, job, and technical skills training) required for integrated, competitive, inclusive employment.
Objective B: By FFY 2026, in collaboration with self-advocates, DD Network partners, employment-related coalitions, professionals who provide support, employers, state agencies, and other key stakeholders, the Council will increase awareness of, engagement in, and promotion of integrated, competitive, inclusive career opportunities for working-age individuals (ages 22+) with I/DD.
Objective C: Annually, the Council will champion and support activities that increase awareness of families and caregivers of the career potential of individuals with I/DD and address systems change to ensure that career potential is an ongoing dialogue beginning in early childhood.
PROPOSED GOAL 3 – INCLUSION WITH ENGAGEMENT
Support communities and agencies across Arizona to include and engage people of all ages and backgrounds who have intellectual and developmental (I/DD) disabilities.
Objective A: By FFY 2026, in coordination with state agencies, the DD Network, and other key stakeholders, the Council will develop and strengthen more inclusive, engaging, culturally attuned, and linguistically competent (including plain language) processes, policies, and practices that support the inclusion and engagement of individuals with I/DD throughout Arizona.
Objective B: By FFY 2026, in coordination with state and local agencies, community collaborators, tribal leaders, local community members, and other key stakeholders, the Council will champion or support at least one strategy or initiative to address transportation-related challenges impacting individuals with I/DD’s inclusion and engagement in rural and/or tribal communities.
Objective C: Annually, the Council will champion or support and disseminate at least five promising or best practice projects and/or produce new information or data that promotes expanded inclusion and engagement of people with I/DD in their communities.
PROPOSED GOAL 4 – SAFETY
Expose and reduce instances of abuse and neglect against individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) of all ages while working toward a systemic focus on prevention.
Objective A: Annually, in collaboration with key stakeholders (e.g. state agencies, the legal system, law enforcement, domestic violence programs, schools, behavioral health stakeholders, community-based organizations) and self-advocates, the Council will strengthen, modify, or assist in the creation of at least two policies or practices that improve abuse response and prevention efforts.
Objective B: Annually, the Council will champion and support, at least two initiatives that increase access to or utilization of research-based best practices and trainings that promote safety of individuals with I/DD.
Objective C: By FFY 2026, in collaboration with key behavioral health stakeholders, the Council will champion and support at least one initiative, policy, or practice that strengthens trauma informed approaches or improves behavioral health access and delivery to individuals with I/DD.
PROPOSED GOAL 5 – SYSTEM ACCESS AND NAVIGATION
Enhance, strengthen, and expand access to accurate and user-friendly information and the services needed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to lead more self-determined lives.
Objective A: Annually, the Council will champion and support at least one initiative to ensure individuals with I/DD and their families have access to pertinent information that assists them in navigating transition points (including ages 3, 6, 18, 22, 50, 65, 75+, and end of life).
Objective B: Annually, the Council will champion and support at least one initiative, policy, or practice that improves access to needed services and information for people with I/DD, their families, and their support systems within underrepresented communities (e.g. Spanish speaking, Native American, refugee, rural).
Objective C: By FFY 2026, the Council will champion and support at least two initiatives designed to increase Native Americans with I/DD’s and their families’ access to the information and support needed to fully participate in all aspects of community life.
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