What is a Developmental Disability?
Developmental disabilities are chronic disabilities that are attributable to mental or physical impairments apparent before the age of 22. These disabilities tend to be life-long and result in substantial functional limitations in major life activities such as self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency.
However, this definition does not begin to define the abilities and lives of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are also mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They laugh and cry, go to school, hold jobs, pay taxes, play sports, get married and have children. People with developmental disabilities are poets and playwrights, business leaders and professionals, athletes and advocates. They, like everyone else, are complex individuals with hopes, dreams and special challenges
The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.
2017 DDC Meeting Schedule: (pdf)
Upcoming Events/Requests for Proposals
Please join the Developmental Disabilities Council this Friday, September 22nd, at the Dover Public Library from 10am - noon. The DD Council is hosting a movie marathon showing the video "Bottom Dollars" about employment opportunities for people with disabilities and "Body & Soul" about community living and advocacy of people with disabilities. Please see our flyer for more details. Or to register please contact our office at 302-739-3333.
Life Conference 2018
Have a disability? Know someone who does? If you answered yes, then the LIFE Conference is a can't- miss event for you! One event, tons of information about disability-related topics. Please join us on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center from 8:00 am-3:45 pm. To learn more or to register please navigate to lifeconferencede.org or to see what people had to say about last year's conference search #lifeconference2017. To stay up-to-date on what is going to be happening at the 2018 life conference search #lifeconference2018.
Request For Proposals
The DDC will provide funding up to $25,000 to help collect data and input to create, market and distribute materials for a public awareness campaign focusing on the benefits of providing free or low-cost access to activities that support healthy lifestyles for children and youth with disabilities to include, but not limited to, health, wellness, nutrition, and recreation programs. Please View the RFP for more information.
All proposals must be received by the close of business Friday October 6, 2017 to be considered for selection.
Voters with Disabilities Election Report
The Self Advocates Becoming Empowered network has shared the 2016 Voting Experience of Voters with Disabilities report that was recently released. This purpose of this project was to investigate issues around voting for people with I/DD; increase the number of voters, and to provide technical assistance to improve their voting experiences. In addition, the project supported the efforts of the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) organizations across the country to build partnerships with Self Advocacy organization to educate people with I/DD about their voting rights. To view the report, please Click Here
Self-Advocacy Mentor Final Report
The Developmental Disabilities Council contracted with Wolfe Consulting to provide mentoring support to the Delaware Chapter of People First, a self-advocacy group that is led by individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This grant was developed because this group hit a few barriers moving forward with their organization. To view a copy of the final report for this project, please Click Here
Independent Resources, Inc. Final 3 Years Report
The Developmental Disabilities Council funded a project for the Independent Resources, Inc. Launch Space Program to address the disparity between the employment rate of persons with disabilities and without Disabilities in Delaware. In order to meet the needs of people with disabilities who choose to explore self-employment, the DD Council has provided this three-year grant to develop this program. For a link to the final report for this project, please Click Here.
NACDD celebrates the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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
RESIDENTS WILL LOSE:
- 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.