Working to ensure that people with developmental disabilities enjoy the same quality of life as the rest of society.
Now Accepting Applications for the Delaware Junior Partners in Policymaking Program!
This program is a training opportunity for students and young adults ages 15-22. This program provides these youth with the tools, information and resources they need to be able to advocate for themselves and others. The program focuses on giving the participants tools they need to help them transition successfully into adulthood. This includes meeting with state legislators and speaking out for what they need to be able to design the life they want.
All applications must be received by June 1, 2021. Submit your application via mail or fax to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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