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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


ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration
Join us on July 18 as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with disabilities act. Please see our latest press release for more information.

Discover the Power of Your Potential
Getting the right information and making the right connections can unlock the power of your potential. Join us to learn more about what Resume Writing and Job Interviewing Basic Skills, along with Networking Tips, can mean for you and your potential. Please see our flyer for more details.

25th Anniversary Celebration of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
As most of you know July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We have been bringing awareness to everyone at individual events over the past 6 months. Our major celebration of this historical event in the history of disability in the USA will be on July 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Dover at Legislative Mall and Lookerman Street. We hope that you will join us for this event and bring your families and follow us on twitter #ADA25Delaware.

Strategic Planning Survey
The Developmental Disabilities Council is required every 5 years to develop a Strategic Plan of yearly goals and objectives to accomplish the spending of our federal grant funds. Public input is extremely important to the development of these goals and objectives. Please take a moment and access the survey below to provide feedback. Your participation is greatly valued by the Developmental Disabilities Council.
Survey: English / Spanish

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!
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2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan Released
The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy outlines how the partner agencies will enhance interagency coordination through the identification of a shared vision, compatible outcome goals, and policy priorities, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for youth with disabilities by 2020. The Plan was developed by The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) with representatives from four federal agencies, the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and the Social Security Administration. The FTP was formed in 2005 to support all youth, including youth with disabilities, in successfully transitioning from school to adulthood.

Explore the Multi-Agency 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan

2015 Junior Partners in Policymaking
We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Junior Partners in Poicymaking program that will be held July 12-17, 2015. Registration is closed.

Junior Partners in Policymaking is an exciting summer program for young adults ages 15 - 22. It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Dover in Dover, Delaware where participants live and learn for five nights and six days. Junior Partners in Policymaking was designed to meet the changing needs of young adults with and without disabilities as they move towards adult independence. Our classes will teach you about:

  • The importance of self-determination
  • Ways to self-advocate for the issues most important to you
  • Your rights in and out of school
  • Laws that affect how people are treated, especially individuals with disabilities
  • How to make your own impact on public policy (laws)
  • How to plan the future YOU WANT

Download the Junior Partners in Policymaking program brochure, print and share it with your family and friends!

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The Department of Health & Social Services/Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) will be holding two (2) Public Hearings (February 23rd and February 27th) to present their required Transition Plan for the Home and Community Based Services Waivers. Before DMMA can submit this Plan they are required to gather and consider public comment on the Plan. The public comment will all be submitted with the Plan when it goes to CMS. Click here for more details and information on the Public Hearings.

The public is invited to review and comment on the State’s proposed Transition Plan. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 9, 2015. Comments and input regarding the draft Transition Plan may be submitted in the following ways:

  • Email:
  • Fax: (302) 255-4425 to the attention of Sharon L. Summers
  • Written comments can be sent to:
    Sharon L. Summers
    Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
    Planning, Policy & Quality Unit
    1901 North DuPont Highway
    P.O. Box 906
    New Castle, Delaware 19720-0906

Additional Information:

  • View the draft Transition Plan at:
  • Additional information can be found at
  • Questions and Answers About The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rules.
  • Guidance On Settings That Have The Effect of Isolating Individuals Receiving HCBS from the Broader Community... (read more)
  • A publication from Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: "Getting the Community Life You Want: A Guide to Home and Community Based Services Advocacy" (read more)
  • Joint Statement by NASDDDS, ANCOR and Disability and Aging Groups Regarding Continuity of Services During Implementation of the HCBS Rule... (read more)

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.