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Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education. Council Overview October 2013. Developmental Disabilities Council. Purpose Advocacy Systems change Capacity building Community Services Consumer and family centered Individualized supports Consumer and family directed

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developmental disabilities council
Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Purpose
    • Advocacy
    • Systems change
    • Capacity building
  • Community Services
    • Consumer and family centered
      • Individualized supports
    • Consumer and family directed
      • Self-determination
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Developmental Disabilities Council
  • 5-Year Plan
    • Advocacy and Leadership
    • Community Choice and Supports
      • Quality Assurance
      • Recreation
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Employment
    • Early Intervention
      • Childcare
    • Education
    • Health
special education advisory panel
Special education Advisory Panel
  • Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every state has a Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)
  • The Governor’s Council serves as Alaska’sSEAP
  • The Education Committee is the workgroup for the SEAP
  • The Education Committee is made up of representatives fromstakeholder groups
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Special education Advisory Panel
  • Advise on unmet needs within the state
  • Comment publicly on any rules or regulations
  • Advise in developing evaluations
  • Advise in developing corrective action plans
  • Advise in policies on coordination of services
  • Review and comment on completed due process hearing findings
interagency coordinating council
Interagency Coordinating Council
  • Under IDEA Part C, every state has an Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
  • The Governor’s Council serves as the ICC
  • The Early Intervention Committee is the workgroup for the ICC
  • The EIC is made up of representatives from stakeholder groups
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Interagency Coordinating Council
  • Advise on unmet needs
  • Review and comment on rules and regulations
  • Identification of program supports and services
  • Promotion of interagency agreements
  • Transition of toddlers to preschool
  • Report annually on the status of early intervention programs
  • Advise other agencies about the integration of services
special education service agency sesa
Special Education Service agencySESA

SESA Mission

SESA provides consultation and training to support the unique educational needs of individuals and the Alaskan communities that serve them

  • SESA Programs
    • Low Incidence Disabilities (LID)
    • Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC)
    • Educational Transition Support Project (ETSP)
    • Alaska Deaf Blind Project (DSI)
    • Guiding and Investing in New Special Educators (GAINS)
special education service agency
Special Education Service agency

LID program serves students who have the following disabilities:

  • autism
  • Deaf, deaf-blind
  • cognitive impairment
  • hearing impairment
  • blind and visual impairment
  • orthopedic disability
  • other health impairments
  • severe emotional disturbance
  • multiple disabilities
sesa board members
SESA Board Members

TereseKashi, Taylor Gregg, Eric Gebhart, PJ Ford Slack, Ernie Manzie, Diane George, Don Enoch, Dan Kaasa, Milton Cheemuk

alaska mental health trust authority
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
  • Perpetual Trust (like a private foundation)
  • Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan and Program
  • Trust Beneficiaries
      • Mental illness
      • Developmental disabilities
      • Chronic alcoholism
      • Alzheimer's and related dementia
      • Brain injury
alaska mental health trust authority focus areas
Alaska mental health trust authorityFocus areas
  • Affordable Appropriate Housing
  • Disability Justice
  • Workforce Development
  • Beneficiary Employment
  • Alcohol
alaska mental health trust authority trustees
Alaska mental health trust authorityTrustees

Mike Barton William Doolittle Laraine Derr Larry Norene

Mary Jane Michael Paula Easley Russ Webb

employment of alaskans with disabilities
Employment of Alaskans with Disabilities
  • Percentage of working age (18-64) Alaskans with disabilities who were employed in 2011


  • Percentage of working age Alaskans without disabilities who were employed in 2011


Source: American Community Survey

ak integrated employment initiative
Ak integrated Employment Initiative

Goal: Double the number of youth and young adults served by the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services who are employed or self-employed, from 139 to 278

  • Improved policies and regulations
  • Training (providers, families, educators, individuals)
  • Collaboration with business and industry
  • Dissemination of effective systems change approaches
disability employment initiative
Disability Employment initiative

Goal: To ensure the Alaska Job Centers are accessible and have staff that are knowledgeable in effectively serving customers with disabilities

  • Staff training
  • Accessibility reviews, fixes and upgrades
  • Asset building activities
  • Customized Employment
  • Ticket to Work and benefits planning
project search
Project search

Transition program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities that provides on-the-job training and education during their last year of high school

  • Current sites in Hospitals in Anchorage, MatSu, Fairbanks, Kenai/Soldotna
  • Collaborative effort of the Council, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Education and Early Development, service providers and businesses
  • 86% of graduates have secured competitive integrated employment

What is Project SEARCH?One year intensive transition program for students with disabilities age 18-22.Currently in 4 hospitals in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Matsu and Soldotna

program description
Program Description
  • One school year program
  • 6-8 students
  • Students with a variety of disabilities
  • Last year of HS eligibility
  • Rotation through unpaid internships with continual feedback
  • Integrated, competitive employment is preferred outcome, with 87% so far!
our partners
Our Partners
  • Project SEARCH (Cincinnati)
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  • Host businesses, i.e. hospitals
  • Local school districts
  • State Dept. of Ed & Early Development (DEED)
  • Community Rehab providers
  • Business Advisory Councils

What’s Next?

Project SEARCH in

Alaska State Government in Juneau

Fall 2014 or Winter 2015

Patrick Reinhart, Planner

Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education


the trust microenterprise fund
THE TRUST Microenterprise Fund

Alaska Mental Health Trust funding that provides grants to Trust beneficiaries to assist them in starting or expanding their own business

  • FY14 funding $150,000
  • Awards range from $500 to $10,000
  • Must have a dollar for dollar “match”
  • Must have proof of beneficiary status
  • Review committee accepts and reviews applications 3 times per year
health and emergency preparedness
Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • 3-year CDC Health & Disability Grant
  • Goals
    • Promote and maximize health
    • Prevent chronic disease
    • Improve emergency preparedness
    • Increase quality of life
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Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • Alaska Health & Disability Program Committee
    • Members from various areas of public health
    • Meet monthly
    • Share resources
    • Build partnerships
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Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • New Partnerships
    • Division of Public Health
    • Statewide Independent Living Council
    • Northwest ADA Center
    • Hope Community Resources
alaska safety planning empowerment network
Alaska Safety Planning & Empowerment Network
  • Goal
  • History
  • Statewide ASPEN collaborative
  • Focus community collaborative
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Alaska Safety Planning & Empowerment Network
  • Needs assessment
  • Policy review
  • Strategic Plan
  • Evaluation