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


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.




Upcoming Meetings & Events

DDC Meeting Schedule

Community Membership Event
Fill in the blank: If I had a magic wand and could change anything for people with disabilities in Delaware and their families, I would like to see/I would do/there would be____________________________. Great news, no magic wand is needed! You can make a positive difference for people with disabilities in Delaware by joining our Council. Join our team of dedicated, friendly, knowledgeable, volunteer members and make difference for yourself and others as we work toward our vision- ensuring that people with developmental disabilities enjoy the same quality of life as the rest of society. Please join us at one (or both!) of our upcoming free community events and let's chat:

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Lewes Senior Center from 9am to 1pm
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Seaford Fire Hall from 9am to 1pm

These community events are FREE. Please RSVP a week prior to each event. RSVPs can be sent by email to Stefanie.Lancaster@state.de.us or by phone (302) 739-3333. We can't wait to meet you!

Delaware CoP National Team Annual Visit
Save the date! Join us for some intense learning about the LifeCourse Framework and how the state of Delaware is using it in the CoP. You will learn about the LifeCourse tools that can be used to enhance planning for a person-centered approach to a full life.


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REV UPThe REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) each year on the third week of July to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

Go to the REV UP website for more information and to register to vote.