Archived News Items




One Hundred Years: The History and Chronology of the ND Developmental Center

Book now available to read online here for free! If you would like to purchase the paperback book, call NDCPD @ 800-233-1737.





Gifts for Grandparents!

NDCPD Staffers, Cheryl Merck & Jessica Reiswig, are coordinating a gift giving event for residents at assisting living centers in Minot. Click HERE for more information or if you'd like to donate!





Kudos to Michele Burney who submitted an piece titled "Promising Employment Practices from North Dakota" to AUCD that was included on AUCD Policy Talk Blog. Check it out!





CONGRATS to NDCPD Project Directors on their newly funded projects:

  • ND  Inclusive Model Pathways for College & Career Training (IMPCCT) - Amy Armstrong
  • Using Virtual / Remote Technology to expand employment supports for Individuals with I/DD - JoLynn Webster



Inclusive Supported Employment!

An International Learning Series

NDCPD and NAKU are hosting a series of international discussions on inclusive supported employment. Click here for more information. The next webinar will be held in September on Implementation Examples, date to be determined. If you have questions, contact Dr. Askvig at

Archived video below.




Dr. Garnes speaks on Mental Health

Dr. Lori Garnes spoke at a recent Interim Education Committee session in Bismarck on January 7th regarding mental health issues in schools. Click HERE to see the clip!




Dan Habib films on Effective Practices in Postsecondary Transition

Click here for more information.





Achieving Inclusive Communities

Project staff attended the AUCD Conference in Washington, DC to collaborate with fellow UCEDD partners.




Gordon Richins Award for Leadership and Advocacy

Deborah Unruh, NDCPD CAC member, recipient of national award. Click here for more information.




NDCPD receives federal grant to serve deaf blind.

Click here for more information.




National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2018

During this month, we recognize the achievements of Americans with disabilities whose contributions in the workforce help ensure the strength of our Nation. We also renew our commitment to creating an environment of opportunity for all Americans and educating people about disability employment issues. Click here for more information.



2018 Power Up Health Conference

NDCPD's 2018 POWER UP HEALTH CONFERENCE a success! Click HERE to see the highlights of the day.



Are you a caregiver of an adult with an intellectual/ developmental disability?

NDCPD is conducting a survey to identify issues and concerns caregivers of family members with intellectual/developmental disabilities might have.



Are you a Medicare Beneficiary?

If you recently received a  letter from Social Security, it is because you are enrolled in Medicare and, based on your monthly Social Security benefit, you appear to qualify for additional savings.  Click here for more information about NDCPD's Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) Project or call 1-800-233-1737.



Liccini URLEND Trainee

NDCPD’s Associate Director for Program Management, Ms. Hilory Liccini, has been accepted as a trainee in the 2018-19 Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) Autism Enhanced Program.



ASTEP Student Honored

Wesley Snow was honored at the recent MSU Spring Pow Wow. Click here for more information.



Collaborations in Africa

Lori Garnes and Evan Borisinkoff traveled to Africa to collaborate with Kenya educational agencies and other international partners on disability topics. Click HERE to learn more.



NDACP Conference and special screening of the film entitled "Intelligent Lives:

On May 2 through the 4th, NDCPD will be hosting the 32nd annual NDACP Conference in Fargo, ND at the Delta Marriott Hotel. There will be a special film screening of Dan Habib's newest film, INTELLIGENT LIVES.  Click HERE for more information.



Food Festival

NDCPD's Cultural and Diversity Committee (CDAC) hosted a Food Festival. Click HERE to learn more.



Behavior Support Plan Institute

NDCPD hosted a Positive Behavior Support Plan Institute with presenter Dr. Cathy Pratt on January 30-31, 2018. Dr. Pratt and participants discussed crisis behaviors, target behaviors, and behavior pathway. Dr. Pratt will return for Part 2 of this Institute on April 4-5 at the Quality Inn in Bismarck. For more information, please contact Hilory Liccini at 701-858-3008



National Survey on Health Reform & Disability

The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living is looking for adults with disabilities to complete an online survey about health insurance and health care. Adults ages 18-62 with any type of disability are encouraged to participate. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous. Click HERE to take the survey.



2017 NDCPD Open House, View online video (www link)



Congratulations Dr. Evan Borisinkoff for being chosen by AUCD to travel to Kenya to provide technical assistance to former NDCPD fellow. Read more.



ACCESS Scholarship from the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University for the 2017-2018 academic year. Read more.



On September 22, 2017, NDCPD sponsored a health conference for people with disabilities, the Power Up Health Conference. Read more.



Dr. Askvig makes a visit to Capitol Hill and visits with Representative Cramer … read more (www link)



2017 AUCD Conference: Several NDCPD staff and colleagues attended the 2017 AUCD conference in Washington, DC in November. Read more ...



Success Stories!  Read about NDCPD’s ND Vocational Rehabilitation Expanded Supported Employment project Success Stories!



NDCPD Giving Tree: Each year, NDCPD creates a Giving Tree with names of children and youth served by NDCPD programs. This year, over 50 gifts were purchased. Staff wrapped and delivered these gifts to the families this week. Nice job NDCPD staff! See video.



The North Dakota Benefits Enrollment Center (ND BEC) project will enhance access to benefits for beneficiaries.  Mr. Neil Scharpe will be the project director.



Governor Burgum Visits NDCPD NDCPD was honored to host a short visit by Governor Doug Burgum and Lt. Governor Brent Sanford after Governor Burgum’s State of the State address at Minot State University on January 23, 2018.