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Working to ensure that people with developmental disabilities enjoy the same quality of life as the rest of society.


Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Events/Requests for Proposals

Public Notice
The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) is required to submit a new Five Year State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2017 through 2021 to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) by August 15, 2016.

The Developmental Disabilities Council requests any public comments, suggestions or recommendations concerning the plan for 2017-2021 by Thursday, June 9, 2016. For those who may want to discuss the plan in person, a public forum will be held in the Margaret O’Neill Building’s second floor conference room at 410 Federal Street in Dover from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Review the 2017-2021 State Plan here.

Please send any comments to Kristin Cosden no later than close of business on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Phone: 302-739-3623
Fax: 302-739-2015
Mail: 410 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901

Tell Us What You Think

The DDC is holding a series of Community Conversations for parents/caregivers of students with disabilities to discuss inclusion in Delaware’s schools. See the Flyer for dates and times and to register.

Locations, Dates & Times


Not able to attend? No problem! Please visit the following sites,where you can type in your feedback by navigating through a set of guided questions.

We hope to see you at an event or hear from you via the website.

Request For Proposals
The Developmental Disabilities Council will provide funding up to $5,000 to establish a new or strengthen an existing self-advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities, with a focus on increasing diversity in the membership and leadership of the organization. For more information please contact Kristin Cosden at our office: 302-739-3333. To view the request, Click Here

Delaware Supported Decision Making Summit Presentations

Supported Decision Making, Your Support, My Decisions

Tribute to the hard work and dedication to those who "LEAD ON"!
This fabulous video comes to us from the USBLN about our Americans with disabilities act 25th Celebration.

Disabilities & Victimization Survey
Are you a professional who provides services to people with disabilities who report victimization? Have you or the person with a disability who reports victimization identified immediate needs for safety, support and care? If yes, please complete the survey and tell us about your experiences. Survey results have the potential to effectuate positive systems change!
Take the Survey now!

Hot Topics

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Policy memorandum Number 70: Inclusion This policy was developed to prpovide uniform standards for inclulsive practices to be utilized to ensure the services offered by DHSS are provided in a manner that is as inclusive as possible.

"Rule Out Abuse" Campaign for Physicians
The Disability and Abuse Project is launching a "Rule Out Abuse" campaign for medical doctors. Dr. Nora Baladerian is spearheading the campaign after years of noticing that, when presented with patients with disabilities who have traditional symptoms associated with abuse, doctors generally do not consider such a diagnosis as a possibility to rule out. For Part 1 of the literature (an overview), click here. For Part 2 of the literature (detailed information), click here

Start Your Journey in Self-Advocacy!
The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living”. Written by Dr. Scott Michael Robertson in conjunction with the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the NACDD, this publication is filled with resources, information and tips for successful advocacy. The accessible publication is available in multiple formats including PDF, e-reader and straight text and is available at "".

Changing Lives. Changing Policies.
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities released a new e-book called "Changing Lives. Changing Policies.".

Community Living and Participation for Individuals with IDD
On July 24, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) released a research paper titled, "Community Living and Participation for People withIntellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What the Research Tells Us." The paper addresses community living and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It summarizes the research of the past 30 years and offers a set of recommendations for high quality community-based services and supports based on that research.

Delaware Lt. Governor, Matt Denn, and Deputy Attorney General, Patricia Dailey-Lewis, Release 1st Report on Public School Anti-Bullying Compliance. "Unfinished Business: Implementation by Delaware Public Schools of the State's 2012 Anti-Bullying Laws."

Restraint and Seclusion in Delaware Schools: Fact Sheet Restraints and Seclusions For more information on Restraint and Seclusion please visit our resource page.)

Employment First National Resource List

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities From Delaware Governor Jack Markell, National Governors Association Chair, 2012-2013

Information for Foster Care Parents from the DDC.