Project Updates

Highlights:

Since their latest two year grant from the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities began in October of 2011:

  • 198 members have received training and support to achieve their goal of becoming a strong, membership-run self-advocacy organization, which is sustainable and financially independent.
  • 229 members have received training and support to achieve their goal of being well known in Nevada with members being active, contributing members on a wide range of issues in collaboration with cross-disability, non-disability and cross-diversity statewide leadership groups.
  • 106 members have received training and support to achieve their goal of members having the necessary skills to take responsibility for their own lives and to advocate for themselves and others in everyday life.

From January 2013 – July 2013:

  • 12 new members joined People First of Nevada.
  • 4 self-advocates were hired as Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno to act as advisors and mentors for People First chapters across the state.
  • Members created and participated in a statewide survey to determine which objectives they felt were critical in helping them move forward with their goal of becoming as independent and sustainable as possible. These objectives led to the creation of their first ever 5-year state plan that will serve as a guide in their efforts in the years to come.
  • Members participated in the planning of, and attended the first ever Statewide Nevada Disabilities Conference in March. This was the first inclusive conference of it’s kind in Nevada in which People First chose and paid for the keynote speaker.
  • People First celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a party during the conference, providing recognition awards to three agencies (The Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and Family Ties of Nevada) for their efforts in helping to support People First to become what they are today.
  • A statewide board meeting was held during the Nevada Disabilities Conference where People First voted the Arc of Nevada as the new agency to help them apply for and manage their next grant from the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
  • New officers were also elected to the board and are participating in new board member training focusing on expectations and responsibilities, Parliamentary Procedures and other pertinent information which is part of their newly created sustainability plan with binders for all board members containing the above information to allow for additional support in the future.
  • 61 members participated in a health advocacy training that focused on the new choosemyplate.gov recommended food group servings, how food choices effect your health (including Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and osteoporosis), how to make healthy food choices, and the importance of knowing your medications and how they may interact with certain foods.
  • Leadership and other educational training for members continues through chapter advisor and Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities staff monthly conference calls and attendance at chapter meetings across the state.
  • Members helped participate in decision making in their local communities by attending and testifying at transportation planning meetings and joining committees to discuss the Office for Civil rights report on Seclusion and Restraint in public schools.

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