Mission Statement

People First of Nevada is a self-advocacy group run by and for individuals with developmental differences throughout Nevada. As citizens of Nevada, we have the right to make our own decisions and to live self-determined lives.

About People First of Nevada:

The self-advocacy movement in Nevada began when a group of people with developmental disabilities decided to meet together to discuss self-advocacy and self-determination. Self-advocates joined forces with the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED) in 2003. The NCED wrote a grant to the Corporation for National & Community Service to fund five self-advocates to serve as VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members to organize local People First chapters around the state and to help create a statewide People First organization. Through these efforts, People First of Nevada officially started in May, 2003.

People First of Nevada received its 501(c)3 designation in 2005. There are currently active chapters in Reno/Sparks, Carson City, Las Vegas, Fernley, Fallon, Elko and Winnemucca as well as a statewide board. Members are involved in local issues in their communities and offer testimony and legislative advocacy to create positive systemic changes for people with disabilities in Nevada.

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This website along with the People First of Nevada is supported in part by the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) through grant funds from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families CFDA# 93.630.

As of October 1, 2015, by a vote from the full NGCDD, support is given to People First of Nevada through two Self Advocacy of Nevada Coordinators. These coordinators are employees of Community Chest of Nevada and report through NGCDD Council staff. Click here to see the support provided to People First of Nevada and to learn more about the Council’s Self Advocacy Network Project.

The NGCDD engages in advocacy, system’s change and capacity building activities for people with developmental disabilities and their families in order to promote equal opportunity, self-determination, and community inclusion.

 The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of People First of Nevada and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NGCDD, Administration on Developmental Disabilities or any other related or supporting agency or organization.