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The NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), using a three-year grant from the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, has launched an initiative to create a sustainable infrastructure to effect long-term changes in NC’s guardianship system. DAAS has contracted with the UNC School of Social Work – Jordan Institute for Families to facilitate a collective impact initiative that will lead to developing strategies promoting systems changes that support the rights of the individuals in guardianship and those facing guardianship and strengthen the North Carolina guardianship system in general.


NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

The NC Council on Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to empowering people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) by supporting self-advocacy, independence, and the right to self-determination. The Council promotes inclusive and welcoming communities, so people with I/DD have options to make choices about work, where to live, friendships, taking part in the various activities of their community, and other personally defined outcomes. For more information, go to our website at http://nccdd.org/.


NC Division of Aging and Adult Services

The Division of Aging and Adult Services promotes independence and enhances the dignity of North Carolina’s older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families through a community-based system of opportunities, services, benefits, and protections.

For more information, go to our website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/daas.


UNC Cares

UNC Cares was established in 1987 by Gary M. Nelson, DSW, as the Center for Aging Research and Educational Services at the UNC School of Social Work to improve the lives of aging and vulnerable adults and their families in North Carolina.

Today, UNC Cares provides education, community engagement, and policy analysis across the state to empower vulnerable adults and their families to experience choice and dignity in their lives.

As an organization and individually, we believe that to the greatest extent possible, people have the right to govern their own lives and make choices about how to live and to have those choices honored whether or not they can communicate them in conventional ways.

We do this by involving individuals with lived experience and their families in partnership with other stakeholders. Together, we utilize Collective Impact as a framework for long-term, positive social change.

For information about Cares, go to our website at https://cares.unc.edu/.