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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

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

Providing Funding to Support an Existing or Establish a New Self-Advocacy Organization in Delaware RFP
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 cultural diversity in the membership and leadership of the organization. View the RFP

The Criminal Justice Improvement Committee of the General Assembly Announces Hearings to Consider Proposals to Improve the Consistency, Clarity, and Fairness of DE’s Criminal Code and System of Pretrial Release
Acting on the invitation of Chief Justice Strine to give feedback, a small group of victim advocates have met to review proposed changes to Delaware’s criminal statutes since December 2016. Service agencies from across the state have been involved with an intention to include representatives from a variety of victim populations. However, the victim service community has not been able to fully review the drafted criminal code. It would be a difficult task to undertake in any circumstance but given limited time, resources, and an awareness that the General Assembly may wish to act upon the matter this session, we endeavored to examine specific sections of the draft code. Sections reviewed included stalking, assault, strangulation, sex crimes, and crimes against vulnerable populations. To View the Full Draft of the Memorandum

For more information on the public Hearings. click here to view the flyer

Providing Resources and Education to Promote Healthy Sexuality Among Young Adults with Disabilities RFP
The Developmental Disabilities Council will provide funding up to $20,000 for a contractor to utilize an existing or develop a new education and awareness resource program focused on promoting healthy sexuality for young adults with disabilities, and develop and/or utilize an existing separate companion program for parents/caregivers. Contractor would be responsible for coordinating a minimum of two education/resource sessions during the project term. Targeted attendance for the project term is at least 20 young adults with disabilities. View the RFP

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.