Governor´s Council on Disability (GCD)
The Governor´s Council on Disability (GCD) promotes full participation and inclusion of the nearly 1 million Missourians with disabilities in all aspects of community life by educating citizens, businesses, schools, universities and others of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We conduct educational seminars and on-site training as well as publish a legislative newsletter, a resource directory and informational brochures on topics relating to people with disabilities.
We provide information about compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and assistive technology to maximize the productivity of people with disabilities. The Council offers assistance to other state agencies for compliance with all laws regarding persons with disabilities. It maintains communication with disability advocates and service providers to disseminate information and receive feedback on problems affecting people with disabilities in order to recommend policy improvements. The Council aims to promote positive images and protect persons with disabilities through equal access to services and employment opportunities.
The Council publishes the Directory of Resources for Missourians with Disabilities. The directory lists programs and services of state and local offices, private agencies and other organizations serving people with disabilities.
- Governor's Council on Disability now accepting nominations for the 2015 Inclusion Award
- Governor's Council on Disability now accepting applications for the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum
- Governor's Council on Disability now accepting nominations for the annual Youth Leadership Award
- October is Disability History and Awareness Month - The Governor’s Council on Disability encourages everyone to find a way to participate. We created a poster which can be displayed in classrooms and offices to educate others. If you need assistance finding information to plan an event, see this resource guide or contact our office. If you are in Jefferson City for Hands Around the Capitol on October 6 or any time during the month, be sure to stop by the Harry S. Truman State Office Building and see the display on the 2nd floor. If any schools or organizations are hosting public disability awareness events during the month, let us know and we will add them to the Upcoming Events page on the Disability Portal.
- October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebrating 70 Years! 1945-2015 - Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."
- GCD Newsletter, Issue 2
- The 2015 Governor's Council on Disability Legislative Priorities Poll is Now Accepting Responses.
- Hands Around the Capitol on October 6th to celebrate 25th Anniversary of the ADA
- Governor Nixon appoints Yvonne Wright as chair of the Governor's Council on Disability
- Missouri Ranks Third Nationally in Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Plans for Accessible Golf Course in Works
- 25th Anniversary of the ADA Legacy Bus Tour