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


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.

Upcoming Meetings

2017 DDC Meeting Schedule: (pdf)

Upcoming Events/Requests for Proposals

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

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.