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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

Upcoming Events/Requests for Proposals

Get Out and Vote
According to 2014 American Census data, there are 920,930 people living in the State of Delaware. Of that number, there are 101,862 Delawareans who have a disability and are over the legal voting age of 18. Make your voice heard! You can find out more information about voting in Delaware, like how to register, which party you are already registered with, where your polling place is located, etc. by clicking on this link, or to view a guidebook for people with disabilities about voting. It's your right - be sure to vote on November 8, 2016. For additional resources and a list of candidates, please visit the Delaware Department of Elections.

Request for Proposal
The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council solicits proposals for up to $12,000 to serve as the Council’s Public Policy Manager. Bidders who would like to know more about RFP 1602, have questions about the application process, would like a complete copy of RFP 1602 and/or would like a copy of the DDC proposal booklet should contact Kristin Cosden at (302) 739-3623 or for technical assistance. Proposals must follow the format found in Instructions for Application Content in the Proposal booklet. Proposals are due on Monday, November 21, 2016 by 4:30 PM.

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.

Delaware Supported Decision Making Summit Presentations

Supported Decision Making, Your Support, My Decisions

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.

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!
Take the Survey now!

Hot Topics

Supporting Families
Families are the core unit in our society, serving as a source of support for all its members. For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) the role of family is unique, and often central in the support and care provided across the lifespan. Family members play key roles in identifying and securing opportunities for their family members to participate within their community in meaningful ways and ensuring access to self determined lives. Parents and other family members of people with I/DD often provide medical, behavioral, financial, and other daily supports beyond what most families provide. Yet, the vital role of families is not fully recognized and supported in disability policy and practice.

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Policy memorandum Number 70: Inclusion
This policy was developed to prpovide uniform standards for inclulsive practices to be utilized to ensure the services offered by DHSS are provided in a manner that is as inclusive as possible.

"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

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 "".

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

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.