Cardinal Innovations Celebrates I/DD Awareness Month in March

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — March 05, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., MARCH 5, 2015 – Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions will celebrate March as
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Awareness Month with several events planned
throughout our 16-county service area.

President Ronald Reagan declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987,
urging “all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both
encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full

Cardinal Innovations, a Managed Care Organization serving 2.4 million people in 16 counties including
Mecklenburg, recognizes March as I/DD Awareness Month.

“Cardinal Innovations plans three annual awareness months each year to provide education and elevate
conversation around our mission and the services we provide,” says Kim McMillan, SVP Marketing &
Communications. “The events are focused on providing opportunities for internal and external
conversations around accessing services and reducing stigma around mental health,
intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance use.”

The I/DD Awareness Month theme – Say This, Not That – promotes the use of People First Language,
emphasizing the person not the disability. Intellectual disabilities are described as disabilities that occur
before the age of 18, according to The Arc, the largest national community-based organization advocating
for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Intellectual
disabilities involve intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, affecting a “person’s conceptual, social
and practical everyday living skills,” according to The Arc.

About one in six children in the United States has one or more developmental disabilities or other
developmental delays, according to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Additionally, about 15.2 million adults have some kind of cognitive, mental, or emotional disability
diagnosis, according to a 2010 U.S. Census report on individuals living with disabilities. Roughly 1.2 million
adults had an intellectual disability and 944,000 had other developmental disabilities, such as autism.

Cardinal Innovations is a managed care organization that oversees all Medicaid and state funding for
intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) services in our 16 covered counties. The Cardinal
Innovations staff can help you or your family member find information and/or navigate the system.
Cardinal Innovations’ Community Partners Department includes Consumer Affairs Specialists who have
family members with I/DD who receive services. Call Community Partners at 1-800-357-9084 for more

Here’s a list of the events:

The Mecklenburg Region, which covers Charlotte and the Mecklenburg County area, will participate in five
events in March to celebrate I/DD Awareness Month.

The first event is “Say This, Not That – Person Centered Thinking” training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 10 and 11 at Family Preservation Services, 4601 Park Road, Ste. 400, Charlotte, N.C. The cost is $40
for providers in the Cardinal Innovations network.

The second event planned is “Celebrating our Abilities - Say This, Not That” from 10 a.m. to noon, March
20, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.
On March 18, the Mecklenburg Region will participate in the annual transition fair for exceptional children
“2015: Navigating Your Future” from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 26 at East Mecklenburg High School, 6800
Monroe Road, Charlotte, N.C.

On March 27, there will be another “Say This, Not That – Person Centered Language Training” from 10 a.m.
to noon at the Mecklenburg Community Operations Center. Community Stakeholders, members and
families are invited.

On March 27 and 28, the Mecklenburg Region will participate in the 2015 Autism Society Conference from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive, Charlotte,
N.C. Cardinal Innovations is a technology sponsor for the event.

Northern Region
Cardinal Innovations Northern Region, which includes Alamance, Chatham, Orange, Caswell, Person,
Granville, Vance, Warren, Franklin and Halifax counties, has four events planned in March to celebrate I/DD
Awareness Month.

The first two are First in Families Lunch-n-Learns, which will work closely with individuals and families of
individuals with disabilities, sharing information on navigating the system for I/DD. The first lunch-n-learn
event will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on March 11, a Wednesday, at Perry Memorial Library, 205 Breckenridge St., Henderson, N.C. Details: 252-438-3316. The second lunch-n-learn will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on March 24, a Tuesday, in the main classroom in Building 1 at the Halifax Regional Medical Center, 210 Smith Church Road in Henderson.

The Northern Region’s OPC office will also participate in the I/DD Transition Fair 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8
p.m. on March 24, a Tuesday, in the Café Commons of East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road,
Chapel Hill, N.C. The event is for parents/guardians of students with I/DD who have IEPs or 504 Plans in
grades 8-12.

Alamance-Caswell also will participate in an I/DD Transition Fair on Friday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in the gym at the Graham Recreation and Parks Department, 311 College St., Graham, N.C.

Southern Region
In recognition of I/DD Awareness Month, Cardinal Innovations Southern Region, which includes Cabarrus,
Davidson, Rowan, Union and Stanly counties, will offer three “Menschen” screening events.

The movie “Menschen” explores the consequences of the Nazi’s T-4 euthanasia program and the value of
life. The writer’s brother and sister were born with Down syndrome and autism, inspiring the “Menschen”
character Radek Novak, who is portrayed by Concord Long, an actor with Down syndrome. The movie is set
in 1945. The Allies are closing in when an Austrian captain guides his remnant company behind the Russian
lines to surrender to the Americans, taking under their wing a boy with a developmental disability.

Screenings will be: from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 12 at Davidson County Community College; from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 23 at the Rowan County Library; and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March
28 at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis.

The Southern Region also plans to conduct community stakeholder presentations. The dates on those
events are by request only.


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