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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

  • Children & Families Committee
  • April 1, 2015 at 9:30 A.M.   (Details)
  • Adult Issues Committee
  • April 17, 2015 at 9:30 A.M. (Details)


    Self Advocacy Proposal
    The Developmental Disabilities Council is requesting proposals for RFP 1501. 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. The proposals are due by Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Please see the attached link for additional information.

    8th Annual Disability Day
    Please join us on March 25, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE for the 8th Annual Disability Day!

    • Download the event flyer and share with your family, friends and colleagues!
    • Contact your Legislator(s) in advance to schedule appointments with them for March 25th to discuss the issues that affect you or your loved ones. Look up who your Legislators are here.
    • Do you have questions about how to get ready for Disability Day? Download our checklist for additional resources to help you prepare!

    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. The application deadline is April 15, 2015. Click here to download an application!

    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!

    Hot Topics

    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.