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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


Tribute to the hard work and dedication to those who "LEAD ON"!
This fabulous video comes to us from the USBLN about our Americans with disabilities act 25th Celebration.

Input on Transportation Program Requested
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) invites the public to participate in the development of the state's six-year (6) Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for Fiscal Years 2017 to 2022.

  • The first CTP hearing will be held on Monday, August 24 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Newark Free Library, 750 Library Avenue in Newark.
  • The second CTP hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 1 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Office (MPO) at 1783 Friends Way in Camden.
  • The third CTP hearing will be held on Thursday, September 24 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at DelDOT's South District Administration Building, 23697 DuPont Boulevard in Georgetown.

All hearings are jointly sponsored by the Council on Transportation and the Delaware Department of Transportation.

The hearings provide an opportunity to review current and suggested transportation projects. The hearings also include capital investments for DART First State public transit and will be used to satisfy the public involvement requirements of Federal Transit Administration Section 5307.

The public hearings will be held in an open house format with a Court Reporter available to take public comments. Interested persons are also encouraged to submit written comments during the public hearing process.

The MPO's are comprised of representatives from state, county, and local governments, and citizen and technical representatives. Mandated by 29 Delaware Code, S8409, the hearings are designed to ensure that the public has ample opportunity to participate in the planning process. The Council on Transportation is composed of citizen representatives from each county in the state. Members are appointed by the Governor.

This location is accessible to persons having disabilities. Any person having special needs or requiring special aid such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired is requested to contact DelDOT by phone or mail one week in advance.

Interested persons are invited to express their views in writing, giving reasons for support of or in opposition to the proposed projects. Comments will be received during the public hearing or can be mailed to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903. When applicable, we offer the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire online which will automatically get emailed to Public Relations.

For further information, contact DelDOT Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 (in Delaware); (302) 760-2080.

Strategic Planning Survey
The Developmental Disabilities Council is required every 5 years to develop a Strategic Plan of yearly goals and objectives to accomplish the spending of our federal grant funds. Public input is extremely important to the development of these goals and objectives. Please take a moment and access the survey below to provide feedback. Your participation is greatly valued by the Developmental Disabilities Council.
Public Forum Flyer Survey Links.
Online Survey: English / Spanish / French
Printed Survey: English / Spanish / French

Disabilities & Victimization Survey
Are you a professional who provides services to people with disabilities who report victimization? Have you or the person with a disability who reports victimization identified immediate needs for safety, support and care? If yes, please complete the survey and tell us about your experiences. Survey results have the potential to effectuate positive systems change!
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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

Hot Topics

"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

Delaware Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan public hearing
DHSS/DMMA will provide the following opportunities to the public to provide input on the proposed (HCBS) Settings Transition Plan Updates in person. Three (3) public hearings (August 24th, Kent and Sussex; and August 28th New Castle) are scheduled. Click here for detailed information for each public hearing.

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 August 31, 2015. Comments and input regarding the draft Transition Plan may be submitted in the following ways:

  • Email:
  • Fax: (302) 255-4481 to the attention of HCBS Transition Plan Updates
  • Written comments can be sent to:
    HCBS Transition Plan Updates
    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)

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 "".

Community Rule Public Hearing Information
The Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) requires public comment on changes/additions to the Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community Based Services. Delaware has updated its plan, which can be found on the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) website. Dates, Times and Location of the Public Hearings

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 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.