The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is part of the Minnesota network of programs funded under P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). The DD Act also funds the Minnesota Disability Law Center, the designated Protection and Advocacy agency for the state, and the Institute on Community Integration, a University Center or Excellence located at the University of Minnesota.
The business of the GCDD is to provide information, education, and training to increase knowledge develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to an increase in the independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
COUNCIL MEMBERS FFY 2005
FEDERAL OUTCOMES (IPSII)
The Minnesota GCDD received $1,041,526 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) for FFY 2005. Of that amount, 70% was allocated for grants and contracts to fulfill the goals of the GCDD’s Five Year State Plan approved by the federal government.
1. Partners in Policymaking®: The Minnesota GCDD has sponsored Partners in Policymaking courses since May 1, 1987. In FFY 2005, 24 graduated (9 self advocates and 15 family members, including 4 individuals from minority communities). Participants evaluated themselves at the beginning of the program year on the federal outcomes of IPSII and again at graduation. The following IPSII changes were reported: On a 5 point scale, independence increased from 3.6 to 4.3; productivity increased from 3.6 to 4.2; self determination increased from 3.3 to 4.2; and integration and inclusion increased from 3.4 to 3.9. Graduates rated knowledge gained at 4.7, usefulness of the presentations at 4.7, and quality of the training sessions at 4.9.
Minnesota now has more than 650 graduates. A survey of all Partners programs was conducted in 2005. There are now 13,364 graduates in the United States, and more than 1,000 graduates internationally.
Supplier: Government Training Service
2. Partners Graduate Workshops: IN FFY 2005, three workshops were held on the topics of networking and media relations, self employment, and a Making Your Case refresher on how to effectively communicate with elected officials. A total of 99 graduates attended and evaluated the workshops as follows: 4.7 for knowledge gained, 4.5 for usefulness, and 4.3 for quality of training on a 5 point scale.
Supplier: Government Training Services.
3. Partners Online: The Partners in Policymaking leadership training program is being converted to five online e-learning courses during this current five year planning cycle.
The first online course, Making Your Case, teaches the competencies of communicating effectively with public officials and community organizing.
The second online course, Partners in Employment, teaches how to find a job of your choice, write a resume, prepare for an interview, and plan a career.
The third online course, Partners in Education, teaches parents of children with developmental disabilities how to maximize the benefits
The fourth online course, Partners in Time, was just released. This course teaches how people with disabilities lived, learned, and worked from ancient times to the present; how history repeats itself; and how past lessons can be applied to create a vision that truly includes all people. The rise of community services, from 1950 to the present, is the focus of this course.
In FFY 2005, a total of 62,374 page visits were made to the online courses, or an average of 5,198 page visits on a monthly basis. The Feedback Form for each course was revised to include IPSII measures; on a 5-point scale, independence was rated 4.1, productivity was rated 4.4; self determination was rated 4.4; integration/inclusion was rated 4.4.
A final course will be developed in FFY 2006 on community living, self determination, and family support.
Supplier: ZenMation, Inc.
4. Cultural Outreach: The GCDD funded cultural outreach programs in the African American, Asian, and Hispanic communities in FFY 2005. A total of 28 individuals graduated from training programs in the African American and Hispanic communities. The focus in the Asian community was building partnerships with elders and agencies who work with Hmong families to gain their support for a training program and assistance with recruitment.
In assessing IPSII, the graduates rated themselves on a 5-point scale. For the African American Outreach program, independence increased from 3.3 to 4.4, productivity increased from 2.8 to 4.4, self determination increased from 3.3 to 4.4, and integration/inclusion increased from 3.0 to 4.7. Graduates rated the program as 4.7 for knowledge gained, 4.8 for usefulness, and 4.8 quality of training.
For the Hispanic Outreach program, independence increased from 3.7 to 4.7, productivity increased from 3.6 to 4.7, self determination increased from 3.6 to 4.5, and integration/inclusion increased form 3.8 to 4.5. Graduates rated the program as 4.7 in knowledge gained, 4.8 for usefulness, and 4.7 for quality of training.
Suppliers: IPSII, Inc. (African American program), WISE (Asian program), and CLUES (Hispanic program).
5. Longitudinal Studies of Partners in Policymaking: Tom Zirpoli, Ph.D. has conducted the external evaluations of the Partners classes since 1988. During FFY 2005, Dr. Zirpoli surveyed graduates from the previous four classes. Based on averages across the four classes, the results indicated that 91% of the respondents rate their ability to get the services and supports they need as good to excellent; 98% have the advocacy skills necessary to get needed services and supports some or most of the time; and 95% rate their leadership skills as good to excellent. In terms of federal outcomes, 88% have increased independence, 77% have increased productivity, 88% have increased self determination, and 83% have increased integration and inclusion.
Supplier: Tom Zirpoli, Ph.D.
6. Digital Imaging/Employment: Since 1988, the GCDD has worked with employers and promoted the direct employment of people with developmental disabilities. During FFY 2005, a total of 23 presentations about digital imaging and the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities to do this type of work were made to 354 people in city and county government, higher education, business, and advocacy groups; and at conferences. Meetings were held with more than 800 people in the banking, architecture, legal, and health care fields; representatives in government records, transition and higher education; and service providers.
Twenty-six individuals with developmental disabilities are doing digital imaging work at the Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections, and a bank. Two news releases were issued and a news story was carried by the Rochester TV station.
Eight workers with developmental disabilities were employed to copy and collate resource materials, and prepare packets for the Partners in Policymaking program. Skills learned help workers move to competitive jobs.
Suppliers: Metro Work Center, Quality Culture Institute, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Omlsted County Department of Corrections, Riverview Community Bank.
7. Self Advocacy: The GCDD funded a statewide effort to strengthen self advocacy and local self advocacy groups. New groups started in Bemidji and Waseca. Six self advocates presented at a State Self Advocacy Conference, at workshops in Bemidji on leadership qualities and in Fergus Falls on Remembering with Dignity, and at a Day at the Capitol on legislative issues. A total of 193 self advocates attended conferences, 14 self advocates made presentations, and two groups hosted conferences for 76 youth and adults with developmental disabilities.
Self advocates evaluated themselves on IPSII changes — 92% reported increased independence, 89% increased productivity, 93% increased self determination, and 87% increased integration and inclusion.
Suppliers: People First Minnesota (statewide project) and local self advocacy groups: Advocating Change Together, Inc., Arc Southwest People First, Midway Training Services Self Advocacy Group, New Ulm People First, People First Bloomington, People First Central, People First Kandiyohi County, People First McLeod County, People First Sherburne County, STARS (Dakota Communities, Inc.), People First Suburban.
8. Publications: In FFY 2005, the GCDD disseminated 24,719 print publications and there were 119,123 downloads from the GCDD web site. The evaluation scores averaged 9.2 on a 10 point scale and 98% of the respondents indicated the publications were useful.
Supplier: Advantage Business Center
9. E-Government Services: The GCDD web site is the largest on the state of Minnesota server with a total of 1,169 products/services converted to electronic formats or individual items added during the past year. In FFY 2005, there were 173,835 unique visits to the GCDD web site. Visitors gave the web site a 9.4 rating (scale of 1 to 10; 10 = highest), and found it to be very user friendly, well organized, and one that contains a lot of useful information.
Supplier: Master Communications Group
Suppliers: Advocating Change Together, Inc., Arc Central Minnesota, Arc Great Rivers, Arc Headwaters, Arc Midstate, The Arc of Minnesota, Arc Southwest Minnesota, Autism Society of Minnesota, Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, Hammer Residences, Jewish Community Services, MAPSE, MnDACA, 2000 Self Advocacy Committee.
11. Customer Research:
In FFY 2005, the GCDD, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Minnesota State Council on Disability conducted a survey of 600 Minnesota businesses. Fifty percent of the businesses surveyed employed people with disabilities and 50% did not. The purpose of the survey was to identify and measure issues and perceptions that are barriers to the employment of people with disabilities. Significant survey findings included:
The results of the survey have been shared at conferences, disseminated, and downloaded from the web site reaching over 1,000 people. Survey results have been incorporated into the Medicaid Infrastructure grant, entitled Pathways to Employment.
Supplier: MarketResponse International
12. Quality Improvement:
The GCDD has aligned its work to the Baldrige Criteria and Framework since 1997. In FFY 2005, training and coaching sessions on quality principles and process management were held for internal supplier groups in the areas of financial management and technology; and technical assistance was provided on a national customer satisfaction survey. Staff and GCDD members received a total of 97.5 hours of quality training and 323 hours of core learning. A Regional Baldrige Conference, featuring businesses that have received the National Malcolm Baldrige Award for Performance Excellence, was also attended.
Suppliers: Minnesota Council for Quality and Quality Culture Institute
13. Technical Assistance: During this year, the GCDD had 4,172 customer contacts about individual problems and 381 contacts about the Partners in Policymaking program.
14. Presentations: A total of 27 presentations reached 1,310 people.
15. Public Policy: We addressed the following public policy issues at the state level during FFY 2005:
We addressed the following public policy issues at the federal level during FFY 2005:
16. Collaboration: During FFY 2005, our collaborative activities with the Minnesota Disability Law Center (P&A Agency) and the Institute on Community Integration (UCE) included: