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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

2017 DDC Meeting Schedule: (pdf)

Upcoming Events/Requests for Proposals

Developmental Disability Act & Network
Background: The Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act) was established by Congress and was written by people with disabilities and their families. The Act created three programs, known as the DD Network. Each state and U.S. territory has a DD Network, per the Act. Each of the three programs within a state's DD Network directly addresses a need stated by the Act's authors- people with disabilities and their families.
Concern: The proposed federal budget, if passed by Congress as it is currently written, would eliminate ALL DD Councils in every U.S. state and territory. The negative impact of the loss of every DD Council nationwide on people with disabilities and their families would be unimaginable. If the DDC has had a positive impact on you, your family or your community, please consider reaching out to your representatives in Congress to advocate for all of the nation's DD Councils to continue to serve under the DD Act.

What Delaware Medicaid Cuts mean for Delawareans with Disabilities

  • Assistance with personal care such as eating, bathing and taking medicine
  • Crucial community residential options that prevent homelessness or institutionalization
  • Crisis intervention and behavioral support
  • Caregiver respite services
  • Needed home modifications such as ramps, lifts and shower access

Talk to your legislator today! Ensure our community doesn't lose the supports they so desperately need.

Delaware People First Presents
Into the Future with Self Advocacy Conference please see flyer for more details,Or to register.

Request for proposals
The Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) will provide funding up to $5,000 for a contractor who will provide mentorship to identified self-advocacy organizations for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. This mentorship shall provide assistance to a self-advocacy organization by coaching, training, advising, motivating, and providing administrative support and direction to help the organization reach its goals. For more information about this RFP click here RFP

All proposals must be received by the close business Monday, July 10, 2017 to be considered for selection.

Request for proposals
The Developmental Disabilities Council will provide funding up to $25,000 to help create, market and distribute materials for a factual public awareness campaign focusing on the correlation between individuals who have Down syndrome and the development of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The target audience for receipt of educational materials is: individuals with Down syndrome, families/caregivers and also Delaware key policymakers. For more information about this RFP click here RFP

All proposals must be received by the close business Friday June 30, 2017 to be considered for selection.

Disability History Project
We need your help! The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council in conjunction with several disability organizations are in the process of documenting the history of disability in Delaware. To see how you can be part of this great project please see flyer below for more details.

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

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.