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The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) is recruiting approximately 15 individuals to participate in a pilot Peer Mentor training for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). The pilot class will serve as a focus group to evaluate the training curriculum and any employment outcomes that result from the training.

Trainees will learn key concepts to support peers with I/DD. All classes incorporate learning activities to be done as a group and individually, as well as knowledge checks. Participants will complete a pre-training and post-training evaluation to provide feedback which will be incorporated to improve the overall curriculum.

Topics include:
  • The role of the peer mentor
  • Supporting choices
  • Ethics and etiquette
  • Abuse, bullying & neglect
  • Self-determination and self-advocacy
  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • The ADA
  • Detecting scams and fraud

The pilot will begin in May 2021, with classes held weekly. All sessions will be held via Zoom to ensure the safety and health of the pilot participants.

Individuals will receive a stipend of $300 to participate in the pilot and complete a pre-training and post-training evaluation. Upon completing the course and achieving an 85% proficiency score, individuals will receive a certificate of course completion.

If you have any questions, please contact Project Director, Kelly Friedlander, at

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What are the selection requirements for the pilot group?

Pilot group participants must be a person 18 years or older with an intellectual/developmental disability living in North Carolina who demonstrates the following, with or without support:

  • Familiarity with community intellectual and developmental disabilities community resources
  • Effective communication skills
  • Basic reading/writing skills or has support to review materials and keep notes
  • Time management skills
  • Familiarity and ability to use technology, including Zoom, Microsoft Word, and email
  • A high school diploma or equivalency from an approved, accredited institution
  • Able to attend all training sessions
When are the training sessions?

The training sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 11-1 pm on the following dates:

  • May 11th, 11 - 1 pm
  • May 18th, 11 - 1 pm
  • May 25th, 11 - 1 pm
  • June 1st, 11 - 1 pm
  • June 8th, 11 - 1 pm
  • June 15th, 11 - 1 pm
  • June 22nd, 11- 1 pm
  • June 29th, 11 - 1 pm
I meet the requirements and can make all training sessions. Am I automatically in the pilot group if I fill out an application?

No. Prospective participants will be contacted for an interview after submitting an application. Individuals interviewed will be informed if they’ve been selected to participate within two weeks.

Is this a job? How will I get paid?

This is not a job; it is a time-limited, independent contractor opportunity. Those selected will receive a contract to review and sign that outlines pilot group participation requirements and how the $300 stipend will be paid.

Does this training certify the participant to work as North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist?

No. The North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist program is a separate program to certify people living in recovery with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and provide support to others who can benefit from their lived experiences.

Were peers included in the creation of the curriculum?

Yes. The curriculum was adapted from the InReach peer advocates leadership training curriculum authored by Patricia K. Keul in collaboration with peer mentors with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The input and ideas from self-advocates remain at its core.

This opportunity is supported through funding from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and Optum and support and leadership from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Community Bridges Consulting Group and Alliance Health.

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If you have any questions, please contact Project Director Kelly Friedlander, at