NC Disability-Focused Organizations Host Virtual Screening Of 6,000 Waiting & Panel Discussion On Medicaid Waiver Waiting List On Thurs., April 8

North Carolina – The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and First In Families North Carolina are hosting a virtual screening of the movie, 6,000 Waiting, a 30-minute documentary produced by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. The virtual movie screening and panel discussion will take place on April 8, 2021 from 6:30 – 8 PM via Zoom. Registration is required as space is limited.

The event aims to bring focus on the importance of funding for Medicaid Waivers that allow for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities live meaningful lives in the community of their choice. In North Carolina, there is a waiting list with over 15,000 individuals waiting for services through the NC Innovations Waiver.

It will open with a welcome by NCCDD and First In Families North Carolina followed by a performance by Chris Hendricks, local musician and NCCDD Council Policy Coordinator. The movie screening will begin at 6:45 PM. Following the screening, NCCDD will host a panel discuss about the North Carolina Innovations Waiver List, also known as the Registry of Unmet Needs. Panelists will be announced in next week.

“We are excited to showcase this film across North Carolina to show the importance of home and community-based services for people with intellectual or other developmental disabilities so they can live, work, play and simply participate in the community of their choice,” said Talley Wells, executive director of NCCDD. “While this film is about people on Georgia’s 6,000-person waiting list for these services, North Carolina has a waiting list of 15,000, so the message of this film is even more important for our state. We hope people join us and participate in this conversation because it impacts the North Carolina community as a whole.”

6,000 Waiting focuses on “three Georgians with developmental disabilities whose lives are significantly impacted by the staggering lack and complexity of state Medicaid waiver funding. With persistence, courage, and self-determination, they fight to access the resources they desperately need to live life on their own terms.”

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Sign up at American Sign Language and CART Captioning will be provided.