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Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)

NDCPD CAC Legislative Platform 2019

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This council reviews NDCPD’s five year plan. The members of the CAC look at NDCPD’s goals and help set priorities. They also review progress toward those goals as required under the DD Act. The committee reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of North Dakota. Representatives include people with disabilities and family members from across the state. Agency participants include a member from the Protection and Advocacy, a self-advocacy group, and the DD Council.

The committee meets quarterly. Typical activities include: members personally visiting NDCPD and reporting back to the full committee, members sharing advocacy efforts in local areas, and members discussing fund raising activities for NDCPD’s Scholarship Fund. Members also attend conferences and review NDCPD’s five year plan.

Members of the committee report this leadership experience meets many needs. They enjoy networking with other members, learning about state-of-the-art research, having input into activity design and meeting a wide variety of people through CAC activities.



The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) has established the ACCESS Scholarship. To help students with significant disabilities attending Minot State University finance their college experience.  The scholarship endowment is managed by the MSU Foundation. In turn, the NDCPD Consumer Advisory Council Scholarship Committee screens applications and awards the interest of the endowment as scholarships.

EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITY:  People with disabilities have the same goals, desires, and wishes as most people. They seek independence, meaningful involvement in their communities, a measure of affluence, and security. A college education can help them achieve these goals. Unfortunately, existing grants, loans, and scholarships often have many conditions attached to them that limit their usefulness for people who have significant disabilities.

ACCESS SCHOLARSHIP: The ACCESS Scholarship provides scholarships to students pursuing a wide range of educational experiences at Minot State University. Students in liberal arts, sciences, business, education and human services benefit from the fund.  As ACCESS Scholars pursue their education, they touch the lives of their peers, colleagues, and professors. In addition to expanding their own horizons, they bring disability issues into the mainstream of campus life and make discussions about quality of life and independence relevant for all college students.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Scholarship awards are generally made in June or July for use in the following academic year. Application packets are available from the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University. Alternate formats of the scholarship application materials are available upon request. To apply, complete the Access Scholarship Application Form.

group photo of NDCPD's Consumer Advisory Committee members

CAC Members: Pamela Mack, Sheryl Beard, Justina Katunzi, Deanna Anderson, Deborah Unruh, Ashley Mercer, Norma Nichols, Matthew McCleary, Taylor Hill, Trevor Vannett