|ANNUAL REPORT 2007
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 for 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 2007
Shamus O'Meara, Chair
FEDERAL OUTCOMES (IPSII)
Independence: Personal freedom to make choices and have control over services, supports, and other assistance the individual receives;
Self-determination: Authority to make decisions, control resources and develop personal leadership skills;
Productivity: Meaningful income-producing work or volunteer work that contributes to a household or the community;
Integration and Inclusion: Full participation in the same community activities as people without disabilities.
The Minnesota GCDD received $1,022,625 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) for FFY 2007. 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 2007, Class 24 graduated eight self advocates and 16 family members, including nine 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 3.8 to 4.6; productivity increased from 3.8 to 4.6; self determination increased from 3.7 to 4.4; and integration and inclusion increased from 3.6 to 4.4. Graduates rated knowledge gained at 4.7, usefulness of the presentations at 4.7, and quality of the training sessions at 4.8.
This year was also the 20th Anniversary of the Partners program. Testimonials and notes of appreciation were received from Partners graduates and coordinators across the United States. Minnesota now has more than 700 graduates, and more than 15,000 graduates in the United States and internationally.
Supplier: Government Training Services
3. Partners Online: Updates were made to the Partners in Education course to reflect changes in IDEA 2004 and the implementing regulations that were recently adopted.
A new feature has been added to each of the online courses that allows the font size to be enlarged or reduced.
An online blending learning module was created to supplement the classroom Partners training program and provide coordinators with concrete ideas and suggestions about how to integrate the online courses into the weekend sessions. Between 30 and 70 specific opportunities are identified for each course to give participants an enhanced learning experience.
A 20th Anniversary banner was created for the Partners in Policymaking web site. An Ed Roberts video and transcript of his presentation to the first Partners class in 1987 were added to commemorate the anniversary and his contributions to the program.
An EZ Read version of Partners in Employment was designed.
In FFY 2007, a total of 47,393 visits and 66,488 page views were made to the online courses, for an average of 3,949 visits and 5,541 page views per month respectively. A total of 206 compliments were received, and 180 Feedback Forms completed that included ratings (5-point scale) for IPSII measures - independence was rated 4.3, productivity was rated 4.2, self determination was rated 4.4, and integration/inclusion was rated 4.3.
Making Your Case:
Partners in Education:
Partners in Employment:
Partners in Time:
Partners in Living:
Supplier: ZenMation, Inc.
3. Cultural Outreach: The GCDD funded cultural outreach programs in the African American and Hispanic communities in FFY 2007. A total of 26 individuals graduated from these training programs. In assessing IPSII, the graduates rated themselves on a 5-point scale.
For the African American Outreach program, independence increased from 3.6 to 4.4, productivity increased from 4.3 to 4.7, self determination increased from 3.5 to 4.7, and integration/inclusion increased from 3.6 to 4.7. Graduates rated the program as 4.8 for knowledge gained, 4.8 for usefulness, and 4.8 for quality of training.
For the Hispanic Outreach program, independence increased from 3.5 to 4.2, productivity increased from 3.7 to 4.0, self determination increased from 3.2 to 4.1, and integration/inclusion increased from 3.4 to 4.2. Graduates rated the program as 4.7 in knowledge gained, 4.9 for usefulness, and 4.8 for quality of training.
African American Outreach
Suppliers: IPSII, Inc. (African American program) and CLUES (Hispanic program).
4. Longitudinal Studies of Partners in Policymaking: Tom Zirpoli, Ph.D. has conducted the external evaluations of the Partners classes since 1988. During FFY 2007, Dr. Zirpoli surveyed graduates from Years XV through XVIII (Classes 19 through 22).
Based on averages across these four classes, the results indicated that 95% of the respondents have the advocacy skills necessary to get needed services and supports some or most of the time; and 98% rate their leadership skills as good to excellent. In terms of federal outcomes, 88% have increased independence, 71% have increased productivity, 78% have increased self determination, and 87% 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 2007 -
A total of 227 people with developmental disabilities were employed in document imaging positions in the public and private sectors, earning at least minimum wage, and15 day programs were providing support services. A total of 52 people were working at business locations; the remainder were working in school programs, storefront business, or day program settings.
Articles were published in the League of Minnesota Cities newsletter (August 2007), Advanced benefits and efficiency in records management come from…people with developmental disabilities; and the newsletter for the National Autism Society of America Autism Advocate, Digital Imaging, Good for Adults on the Spectrum, Good for Business.
An article, Digital Partnering for People with Developmental Disabilities, was jointly prepared by United States Senator Norm Coleman, United States Representative Jim Ramstad, and Shamus O'Meara, Council Chair.
A videotape and DVD, The Changing Faces of Technology, were designed and developed. These products feature five private sector businesses - a national moving company, a construction company operating in 44 states, a major insurer, a law firm, and a data storage/info risk management company. The DVD is available at the GCDD website and has been disseminated to hundreds of individuals and organizations.
A brochure was also created for this new product, and includes a complete listing of Minnesota day programs and contact information.
A Request for Proposal has been drafted for document imaging services by the Department of Administration, Materials Management Division, and will be issued in FFY 2008.
Supplier: The Wallace Group
7. Self Advocacy: A statewide effort to strengthen self advocacy was funded. People First Minnesota recruited 23 new members for groups in Mankato, Winona, and Windom; new groups established in Chaska (metro area) and Cambridge.
A total of 94 self advocates attended five training sessions were on self advocacy skills, personal choice, empowerment, and personal and community leadership. Results: new knowledge -100%; useful - 100%; quality - 100%.
A new statewide self advocacy network, Self Advocates of Minnesota (SAM) was created. Self advocates and allies from 19 local groups established a framework and priorities for the network. SAM's focus is on personal empowerment, leadership training, systems change via individual/group action, disability awareness, and public education.
A Statewide Leadership Circle is comprised of four representatives (two self advocates) from each of six regions; each region is served by a Host Agency. A Leadership Circle sets direction for the network and decisions are made at a regional level.
Funding from the GCDD supported self advocacy efforts in the Northwest and Central regions of the state. During FFY 2007 -
Northwest Region: A total of 169 self advocates attended training sessions on systems change, personal empowerment, disability awareness, types of power, changing attitudes, assertiveness and leadership skills, and starting a self advocacy group. Results: useful/helpful = 100%; rating = 8.8 (1-10 scale); new knowledge - 4.1; usefulness - 4.0; quality - 4.5 (1-5 scale).
Central Region: A total of 116 self advocates attended training sessions on assertiveness skills, collective action, self advocacy history and values, and ADA/accessibility issues. Results: new knowledge - 4.1; usefulness - 3.9; quality - 4.3.
A total of 24 self advocates served as teachers/trainers on disability perspectives, changing attitudes, empowerment, systems change, power, ADA/accessibility issues. The following IPSII results were reported: greater independence - 93%; self determination - 83%; productivity - 83%; integration/inclusion - 93%.
Self advocates have improved pedestrian safety at crosswalks (Central Region) and are working on improving post office accessibility (Northwest Region).
The Minnesota Legislature appropriated $280,000 biennially for self advocacy; these funds are included in base funding for the GCDD. A Request for Proposal issued and a single grant awarded to Self Advocates of Minnesota (SAM). These funds will expand the SAM network and support local self advocacy efforts in the Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast regions of the state.
Suppliers: Advocating Change Together, Inc. and People First Minnesota
7. Training Conferences: The GCDD cosponsored 19 training conferences during FFY 2007; the total number of attendees was 2,583. The overall rating was 9.1(10 point scale) and 99% of the participants rated the conferences as useful/helpful.
Suppliers: ACT, Inc., Arc Central Minnesota, Arc Headwaters, Arc Midstate, The Arc of Minnesota, Arc of Minnesota Southwest, Arc of West Central Minnesota, Autism Society of Minnesota, Center for Inclusive Child Care, Dakota Communities, Hammer Residences, Lifeworks, Merrick, Inc., Minnesota APSE, People First Kandiyohi County, People First Minnesota, People First New Ulm, 2007 Self Advocacy Committee, and UCP of Minnesota.
8. Publications: Publications: In FFY 2007, the GCDD disseminated 27,800 print publications (individual orders, and at conferences and presentations); The evaluation scores averaged 9.2 on a 10 point scale and 100% of the respondents indicated the publications were useful. A total of 263,694 items were downloaded from the GCDD web site.
CD-ROM – Parallels in Time
Publications about Person Centered Planning/Self Determination
It's My Choice
It's Never Too Early, It's Never Too Late
Supplier: Advantage Business Center
9. E-Government Services: The GCDD web site is the largest on the state of Minnesota server. In FFY 2007, a total of 211 items were converted to electronic formats. A total of 185,060 unique visits were made to the GCDD and Partners websites, and 263,694 items were downloaded.
Visitors gave the web site a rating of 8.8 (scale of 1 to 10; 10 = highest) and 100% found the information useful and helpful.
Parallels in Time, Part 2 was released on the GCDD website in October 2006. Additional historical documents, videos, articles (549 documents and 10,990 pages): To Bridge the Gap (services in northern European countries), Changes (conditions at Faribault State Hospital and first behavior modification program), Bedlam (1946 Life magazine article and photos), Pennhurst photos, and Operation Real Rights and Oklahoma Shame (Tennessee and Oklahoma court cases).
A total of 152 documents and 3,995 pages about Minnesota's deinstitutionalization history were added to With An Eye to the Past.
A total of 1,470 pages of articles/stories on abuse, accessibility/universal design, advocacy, community living, education, employment, housing, and technology from Inclusion Daily Express, a disability rights news service, were added.
Disability Minnesota, a website for quick and easy access to Minnesota state government agency programs, products, and services dedicated to disability issues was launched on June 17, 2007. A news article was prepared and disseminated to agencies, and 1,000 people on listservs; the announcement was covered on MPR. Web site visits totaled 10,325 from launch through Sept 2007.
Parallels in Time, Part 2:
GCDD website surveys:
Supplier: Master Communications Group
10. Customer Focused Research: A Public Opinion Poll of 803 Minnesotans was conducted to determine changes in attitudes/perceptions about people with developmental disabilities compared with a similar survey conducted in 1962. Final results were released and a seminar held in February 2007 for about 200 people. Evaluation results: Useful/helpful = 98%; rating of 9.1 (10 pt scale).
The event was cosponsored by the Minnesota State Council on Disability. Awards were presented to The Arc of Minnesota, Autism Society of Minnesota, Self Advocates of MN, and UCP of Minnesota for their contributions to increasing public awareness/changing attitudes about people with developmental disabilities.
Media coverage included WCCO Radio, MPR and KFAI Radio (interviews), Almanac (TV interview), CTV15 Community Television (feature), news articles (Star Tribune, Minnesota Daily, Access Press, Community Services Reporter), Betah and Associates Family Support 360 website, e-newsletters (Inclusion Daily Express, The Arc of Minnesota and Arc Greater Twin Cities, ACT, Inc., MN-CCD, Inside Admin).
Supplier: MarketResponse International
11. Quality Improvement:
The GCDD has aligned its work to the Baldrige Criteria and Framework since 1997. In FFY 2007, GCDD staff/members received 403.5 person hours of core learning (on developmental disability issues) and 36.5 person hours of training on quality principles and the Baldrige Framework. Technical assistance was provided on the ADD site visit in November and a housing project. An analysis of the Public Opinion Poll survey results regarding attitudes and perceptions of people with developmental disabilities was completed.
Suppliers: Minnesota Council for Quality and Quality Culture Institute
12. Technical Assistance:
During FFY 2007, the GCDD had 2,710 unique customer contacts about individual problems and 141 unique contacts about the Partners in Policymaking program. Considering repeat customers, a total of 13,740 contacts were made. A total of 973 compliments were received regarding personal assistance and support, timeliness and responsiveness, and specific products or services.
A total of 37 presentations reached 4,076 people.
The following public policy issues were addressed at the state level during FFY 2007:
Day training and habilitation programs
Funding for document imaging
Modernization of language legislation
Poverty issues and people with disabilities
Group residential housing
Special education - preschool and pre-kindergarten, excess costs, extraordinary special education needs, funding formulas, program growth factors, intensive interventions,
Funding/services for children/adults who are deaf or hard of hearing including family support services, hearing aid loan bank, Universal Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening Act, interpreter services, mentoring program,
Public safety, transportation and infrastructure funding
State Capitol Restoration and Renovation Project
Community education for adults with disabilities
Self directed personal supports (j waiver)
Mercury containing vaccinations
After school programs for youth with disabilities
The following public policy issues were addressed at the federal level during FFY 2007:
DD Act reauthorization
Allocations for Developmental Disabilities Councils
IDEA 2004 regulations
Full funding for special education
Self advocacy funding
Deficit Reduction Act impact on Medicaid funded services
Family support initiatives
Direct Support Professional Fairness and Security Act
During FFY 2007, our collaborative activities with the Minnesota Disability Law Center (P&A Agency) and the Institute on Community Integration (UCE) included:
Letters of support
Minnesota Survey of Attitudes Regarding Developmental Disabilities (Public Opinion Poll)
Family Support 360 and ADD site visit and Fall Regional Technical Assistance Training - November 2006