Developmental Disabilities Councils

State Developmental Disability Councils were created as the action response to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 1970. Their purpose was to create a juncture point for advocacy, capacity building across stakeholder groups in support of individuals living with developmental disabilities. There are 55 State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, one in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas, and American Samoa. Find the DD Council in your state or territory HERE.

How can these DD Councils help you? DD Councils are heavy into policy development and legislative supports, so if you have questions or concerns about current or coming policies, this would be a great place to start connecting for answers. In addition, DD Councils are expected to partner with University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) to provide training and support on varying topics and issues within the disability community. Some DD Councils may support mini-grant opportunities for individuals or organizations supporting individuals with disabilities.
Each one has it’s own flavor, check out yours and let me know what’s going on!


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