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We are in the process of developing programs for those with disabilities and their families. We want to ensure that we are using the appropriate platforms to release information to you in the community. Take our brief Survey to let us know how you like to receive your information about our upcoming events and programs going on in your community.

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

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New Phone Line for Spanish Speaking Callers
We are pleased to announce that we have a phone number for Spanish-speaking callers, to service individuals that speak Spanish. We will have a translator on the line. If you, or someone you know, needs to call us, please call: (302) 739-2397. We are here to answer your call!

Combating Social Isolation and Promoting Community Engagement through Assistive Technology
Assistive technology can help people stay connected to family, friends and community resources. That is especially important during the pandemic because so many people are unable to leave their homes or have visitors. This program helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find the right devices to meet their needs. Once the right item has been identified, the program will purchase the item.

If training is needed, the program can provide that, too! Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must have an intellectual or developmental disability. Applications are available here, or can be mailed. If you need help filling out the application, email Allison Berdoulay at or call at (302) 831-3632.

This program is supported in part with funding from the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council.

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.