Patrick Reinhart
Acting Executive Director

Heidi Lieb-Williams
Heidi Lieb-Williams
Council Chair

Creating change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities

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Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Developmental Disabilities Shared Vision

Alaskans share a vision of a flexible system in which each person directs their own supports, based on their strengths and abilities, toward a meaningful life in their home, their job and their community. Our vision includes supported families, professional staff and services available throughout the state now and into the future. DD Shared Vision Website


  • 9 Core Messages: What Everyone Should Know About Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Alaska FASD Strategic Plan Workgroup (2017-2022) Report
  • Inclusive Practice Award and Paraeducator of the Year 2022 Nomination Open. The GCDSE is happy to partner again with the Alaska State Special Education Conference (ASSEC) to sponsor the Inclusive Practice and Paraeducator of the Year awards. This year’s awards breakfast will be on Tuesday, February 7th during the conference in Anchorage. Nominations may be for an individual or group. If you would like to nominate someone, please use the attached form and return to the GCDSE no later than December 27, 2022.
  • Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) wants to hear from you on plans to end the IDD Waitlist on Monday, Nov. 21 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • An exciting update! The final two units of the Traditional Transition Skills curriculum have been added to the SESA website.
  • 2022 Stakeholder Survey, your opinion matters!
  • SILC Conference 2022: 'Living, Working, and Playing Towards Independence', on September 21st-23rd, 2022 at the Egan Convention Center. The purpose of the conference is to bring together disability advocates and agencies from across the state for learning and networking in a cross-disability manner. Our goal is that participants in this conference learn new tools and discover opportunities that promote independent living, working, and playing in Alaska.
  • Alaska Work Matters Task Force: Final Report
    In early 2021, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy initiated the formation of the Alaska Work Matters Task Force under the umbrella of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (GCDSE) and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Mental Health Trust). The directors of the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the GCDSE were named as chair and co-chair, and 22 additional individuals representing state agencies and boards, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health Trust beneficiaries, employers, and educators were selected to participate.

    The purpose of the Task Force was to review and analyze existing policies, practices, and procedures, barriers, and workforce utilization data regarding the employment of people with disabilities in the State of Alaska, and prepare a report that includes recommendations that should be adopted by the Governor and applicable departments, agencies, and commissions of the executive branch, and policy options for consideration by the legislative branch to expand and improve employment opportunities and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

  • GCDSE is looking for new council members — apply today!
  • Ric Nelson and Corey Gilmore have an important message to share with the community about COVID. Variants and recommendations may change, but we know it's still important to be up-to-date on your COVID vaccines and to wear well-fitted, multi-layered masks to protect yourself and those around you! For more information about how you can get vaccinated, visit, or call Alaska’s COVID helpline at 907-646-3322. To view other videos in the series, visit our
    COVID Vaccine Champions Playlist.