Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education (GCDSE): Annual Update Oct 2018 - Sept 2019: Creating change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policies and Programs

“Alaskans share a vision of a flexible system in which each person directs their own supports, based on their strengths and abilities, toward a meaningful life in their home, their job and their community. Our vision includes supported families, professional staff, and services available throughout the state now and into the future.

The Council is now in the 4th year of its 5-Year State Plan

GOAL # 1 - Community Inclusion, Supports, and Services: Improve service delivery to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) to live and thrive in their communities with formal and informal supports and services that promote independence.

GOAL # 2 – Employment: Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting…”

Employer Engagement Efforts

The Council continues to lead the Business Employment Services Team (BEST) which is a collaboration between the Departments of Health and Social Services and Labor and Workforce Development with the mission of meeting the workforce needs of Alaska businesses and improve hiring outcomes for individuals with disabilities and veterans.”

  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
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