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New Leadership & Initiatives for Education & Support of People with Disabilities - NCC

Author: National Children's Center (NCC) : Contact: www.nccinc.org

Published: 2015-06-29

Synopsis:

National Childrens Center announce new initiatives as a national model for serving individuals and families most vulnerable to poverty and unemployment.

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National Children's Center (NCC), D.C.'s leading provider of support, education and vocational training for people with disabilities, today announced new initiatives that will strengthen services and position the organization as a national model for serving individuals and families most vulnerable to poverty and unemployment.

The National Children's Center (NCC), the District of Columbia's leading provider of support, education and vocational training for people with disabilities, today announced new initiatives that will strengthen services and position the organization as a national model for serving individuals and families most vulnerable to poverty and unemployment. Among several changes implemented in the past year, a new leadership team has been appointed to strengthen programming and employee training, and improve management of NCC resources and facilities.

"As the largest provider of services to people with disabilities in the District of Columbia, NCC has a responsibility to strengthen every person's ability to thrive in his or her community," said NCC President and CEO Jesse Chancellor. "For nearly 60 years, our centers, schools and homes in the District have provided integrated services to help people of all ages lead full, meaningful and productive lives. NCC continues to grow and change so we can deliver the best care today and achieve sustainability for future generations."

New Leadership Team, Employee Training

A new leadership at NCC will ensure the alignment of resources to best serve people with disabilities. NCC's executives are proven leaders with a combined experience of nearly 200 years in the non-profit and corporate sectors. They include:

"I am confident in this new NCC leadership team, and their vision for building the strongest and most effective organization in our history while maintaining the organization's engagement with the community," said Sharon Rossmark , Chairman of the NCC Board. "This is the right team to lead the next phase of NCC's service in the District of Columbia and beyond."

NCC was also recently selected to participate in the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, offered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (OPED). Employees participating in the transformation pilot will develop and implement strategies to increase community employment and create opportunities for community engagement through community-based day services to create meaningful relationships for people being supported. Staff will receive on-site, virtual training, and technical assistance from nationally recognized subject-matter experts that will be put into practice within the organization.

Innovative Programs

NCC is implementing a comprehensive plan to expand, strengthen and re-focus programs for education, community support and job readiness, including:

A National Model

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 56.7 million Americans have some kind of disability, and about 38.3 million people have a severe disability. Among those with a disability over age 5, roughly 12 million people need assistance with daily living, and only 4 in 10 adults with a disability are employed.

"Adults in this community are more likely than others to experience persistent poverty," said Chancellor. "Employment helps organize an individual's life and maintain connections to the community. NCC will strive to support services to combat unemployment and poverty. The need has never been greater."

Important initiatives launched by NCC in the coming year will include:

NCC has also launched a new website that will serve as a comprehensive resource for the community and their families. The new site features a resource center, a calendar of upcoming events and a blog showcasing stories of student successes. Go to www.nccinc.org for more information.

"NCC's community partners and network of highly qualified staff, professionals and specialists will continue to help our population meet its health, education and employment goals," said Chancellor. "We remain committed to fulfilling our mission in a way that safeguards every person's right to dignity and economic self-initiative."

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