The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) established two goals with a number of objectives to support them for the 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan.

 

Goal 1: Create Leaders and Empower Advocacy: People with developmental disabilities and their families will have access to leadership development trainings and tools so that they can better advocate for their needs and preferences.

Obj. 1.1:  Establish and Strengthen Statewide Self Advocacy (DD Act Requirement): By 2026, Kansas will have increased the number of self-advocates who have participated in leadership training so they can provide others including additionally identified self-advocates with opportunities to learn and engage in personal, collaborative, and civic leadership so that self-advocates can be on workgroups, committees, Councils, and commissions.

Obj. 1.2:  Support advocacy training and development programs for family members: By 2026, Kansas will have increased the number of newly identified family members who have participated in leadership and advocacy training so they can provide their families and other family to family peers with opportunities to learn and engage in personal, collaborative, and civic leadership.

 

Goal 2: Lead Systems Change:  People with developmental disabilities and their families in Kansas will have increased awareness and access to formal and informal supports and services that promotes independence and meets their individual needs and preferences.

Obj. 2.1:  Increase Awareness of Informal and Formal Supports and Services with a focus on Transitions across the Lifespan: By 2026, Kansans with disabilities and their family members will have increased awareness of formal and informal supports and services that meet their individual needs and preferences.

Obj. 2.2:  Increased awareness and participation of early childhood and education interventions and supports for English as a Second Language (ESL)/Hispanic Kansas families with children with disabilities (Targeted Disparity): By 2026, Latinx families and people with disabilities will have increased awareness of formal and informal supports and services that meet their individual needs and preferences in a culturally appropriate manner

Obj. 2.3:  Cultivate innovative solutions for Kansans with I/DD on a waiting list and those who seek more individualized support options: By 2026, Kansans who seek more individualized options or who are on a waiting list for waiver services will have increased awareness and access to formal and informal supports and services that meet their individual needs and preferences, including enhanced data collection efforts

Obj. 2.4:  Increase Protections from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation: By 2026, Kansans with disabilities will have increased protections from abuse, neglect, and exploitation (ANE) through enhanced reporting, data, and training opportunities.

Obj. 2.5:  Increased utilization of Supported Decision Making (DD Network Collaboration Measure): By 2026, Kansans with disabilities and their families will have increased awareness and utilization of Supported Decision Making (SDM), an alternative to Guardianship facilitated by collaboration between the Council, the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, and the Kansas University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities.

  1. Increase the number of self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have participated in leadership training so they can engage in personal, collaborative and civic leadership.
  2. Work collaboratively to increase the number of individuals with I/DD active in public policy, advocacy, cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership activities.
  3. Work collaboratively to increase the use of best practices research, resources and self- advocacy tools and information for self-advocates, their families and support networks.

 

Download the 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan