by Chastity Ross, CCDD Chairperson
Hello and welcome to the Exceptional Family Magazine, 2016 edition.
It is an honor to serve as the Chairperson for the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD).
CCDD is made up of people with disabilities and family members with disabilities, along with allies who work for related state agencies.
We work together to promote self-determination, independence, integration and productivity.
I am proud to be a member of such a diverse community of people who share the common goal of improving the quality of life for Kentuckians with disabilities.
In addition to what I have learned through my own life, I’ve spent most of my life trying to serve the community which I represent.
In my career, I have been blessed to serve as a case manager and a supervisor. I have enjoyed the many opportunities I’ve had to educate and advocate for myself and for others.
Now more than ever before, folks with disabilities have many opportunities to speak and advocate in their own voices.
There are so many ways to be an active advocate for yourself, your family and your community.
From state boards to school boards, individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities have many opportunities to serve.
This Exceptional Family Magazine features stories of self-advocates, family members and other allies who are speaking up.
As you read through this year’s magazine, feel free to wonder. Wonder how you can serve, wonder what others can do, wonder what you can learn.
Members include people with developmental disabilities as well as family members and guardians of people with developmental disabilities.
Council members are expected to attend quarterly meetings that last two to three days, and other events throughout the year.
How to Become a CDD Member:
A member serves a three-year term and is limited to two terms of service.
Info: www.kyccdd.com or 1-877-367-5332.