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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

Calling All Families
Connect your family with the LEND Program!

The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware oversees an impactful training program called the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND). Trainees from a variety of disciplines complete a full year of diverse learning experiences, including lectures, leadership projects, mentoring, clinical/community observations and other activities. To find more information about Delaware LEND, take a look at this video. This program works to help graduate student trainees connect meaningfully with families in which at least one of the members is a child with a neurodevelopmental disability.

The time commitment for participating families is approximately 20 hours and includes a short orientation session.  Participating families will receive $400 as a token of gratitude for participation. Applications are due by August 20, 2018.

For more information and an application:

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 or by phone (302) 739-3333. We can't wait to meet you!

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE for the Delaware State Plan for Independent Living
by the Delaware Statewide Independent Living Council

  • New Castle County: June 28, 2018 10:00 am -12:00 pm
    BlindSight Delaware, 2915 Newport Gap Pike Wilmington, DE 19080
  • Kent County: June 29, 2018 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Dover Public Library 35 Lockerman Plaza Dover, DE 19901
  • Sussex County: June 29, 2018 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Georgetown Public Library 123 West Pine Street Georgetown, DE 19947

The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is inviting all Delawareans to public meetings to solicit comments for the development of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The comments will be used by the SILC and partners to formulate the 2020-2022 State Plan for Independent Living for Delaware.

For disability-related accommodation requests, please contact the SILC Chairperson, Moni Edgar, at 302-764-6216 or by email at Accommodation requests can be made at any time, although making a request at least five to seven business days in advance helps to ensure availability of the accommodation.

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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.