We’re Building a Community of Champions
The Community of Champions is a grassroots effort to coordinate people around Arkansas to work together with parent-advocates and self-advocates to ensure that the needs and issues of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are supported.
Take Our Pledge
I pledge to join the Community and become a Champion for Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities by advocating for the issues affecting their ability to live in the community. As an advocate, I will work together with the Community of Champions and individually champion for the needs of individuals as a future voter, through social media and as a leader among my peers.
Join the Community & Become a Champion
The Community of Champions is an advocacy group joining with Arkansas’ self advocates and parent advocates to ensure the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are respected and protected.
Advocates are VITAL: Vote. Include. Talk. Advocate. Language.
To help us find one another, please use our hashtags:
Peer Advocacy Training for Your Classroom
Join our advocates. Community of Champions Peer Advocacy Curriculum is avaialble for you to use in your classroom or social organization.
Individual with disabilities are as unique and diverse as people without disabilities. For this reason, issues concerning Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are multi-faceted and complex. As a member of a Community of Champions, you will become increasingly knowledgeable on these issues in hopes that you may provide long-term support in the future. As business owners who potential employment, educators focused on inclusion, and as voters who will impact local, state and national matters, your awareness and involvement will help create a favorable community on behalf of those whose voice is often unheard.
Our goal is to inform the Community of Champions about matters important to the IDD community, such as voting for supporters of programs funding services, increasing employment opportunities, as well as inclusion in day-to-day activities in our local communities.
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In partnership with the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, Friendship Community Care is working across the state to nurture and empower future champions for those with developmental disabilities.
This publication or project was funded by Grant Number 18-FCC-004-16-SG from GCDD and was made possible through funding provided by Public Law 103-230. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the GCDD.