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New Directions in Disability by Chris Egan, MSW, CCSW and Adonis T. Brown, MBA

Tuseday, October 14th, 2014, 12-2 PM, at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  (catered meet-and-greet reception at 11:15 am) | SLIDES

Description: The NC Council on Developmental Disabilities is guided by a federal mandate to “promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life” for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  In this seminar, Executive Director Chris Egan, MSW, will share his vision for the mission and current initiatives of the NCCDD. In discussing how the Council’s priorities fit with those of the US Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, he will highlight some of the critical issues in the disability field today. Egan notes that “We continue to enhance the array of innovative community supports leading to individuals being recognized as unique and capable – not characterized by stereotype; however, while certain people experience success, just as many in our system achieve very few personal outcomes… Communities are stronger when all people are included.  We will achieve the greatest success in supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities by engaging the full range of community cohorts as vested partners.”

index Chris Egan, MSW, CCSW, formerly a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, UNC Chapel Hill, and Clinical        Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Training Institute within the Jordan Institute for Families in the School of Social  Work,  became Executive Director of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities on June 30, 2104. Mr. Eagan is  committed to collaborating with individuals, families, advocacy organizations, the Secretary of Department of Health and Human  Services (DHHS) and  various DHHS divisions, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders to promote choice,  responsiveness, innovation and  stability within our service system. With both undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work  from East Carolina University, Mr. Egan’s efforts are directed toward promoting respect and positive outcomes for people with  intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and other co-occurring disabilities. He is the father of twins, a boy and girl born  in 2001. His daughter was born with VATER Association, resulting in numerous and significant medical complications, placing his  daughter at significant risk of developmental delay. He engaged natural and formal supports including North Carolina’s Early Intervention services to provide supports for their daughter. As a parent he has the perspective of the powerful experiences associated with having a child born with a disability, and having benefited from the assistance of the NC service system. Mr. Egan brings a multitude of skills and expertise to his new position with NCCDD including person centered thinking and planning, a commitment to personal outcomes and supports for people with disabilities and volunteer leadership with The Arc of the US and of NC, the NC Developmental Disabilities Consortium and the ECU School of Social Work Board of Advisors.

DRNC_ATBrown_2012 Adonis T. Brown earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Degree with specializations in Organizational Leadership  and  Health Care Administration from Ashford University in July 2013 as-well-as a BA Degree in Psychology in 2011.  He has  been a leading  advocate for justice and equality for people living with disabilities, socio-economic empowerment, independent  living, and community  inclusion.  He co-chaired the NC General Assembly’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) Transitions Task  Force, contributed to the  formation of Disability Rights NC and served on its board from 2007 thru 2012, and currently serves  as the President of the board of  directors for The Arc of NC, and the co-chair of the NC Council on DD.  Adonis is the  Founder/President/CEO of EnVisionedEmpowerment, LLC where he continues to use his talents and life-long experiences to  motivate and inspire many, and educate and inform others of the potential of persons living with disabilities.


CEUs: 2 clock hours (.2 CEUs)

The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


  • Gain an understanding of the role of the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities in promoting positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  • Highlight critical issues in the disability field both nationally and in North Carolina.
  • Provide a vision for current initiatives of the NCCDD to address these critical issues through full engagement of community partners.