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

Upcoming Events

Now accepting applications for the 2022 Junior Partners in Policymaking program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Junior Partners in Policymaking program. If you are between the ages of 15 to 22 years old, with the developmental disability or you have a family member with a developmental disability then this program is for you.

The application deadline is April 1, 2022. If you need assistance completing the application please contact Stefanie Lancaster at (302) 632-3656.

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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.

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.