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Developmental Disabilities Council

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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.


Request for Proposal

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The State of Delaware Government Support Services seeks professional services to award a contract using Federal Grant funds under the control of the Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) to a Self-Advocacy organization. The DDC will provide funding up to $20,000 with a 25% ($5,000) match from the organization to establish a new or strengthen an existing self-advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities, with a focus on increasing cultural diversity in the membership and leadership of the organization. This request for proposals (“RFP”) is issued pursuant to 29 Del. C. §§ 6981 and 6982.

The Self-Advocacy support project is expected to be financed partially under Public Law 104-183, Developmental Disabilities (DD) Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (or any subsequent re-authorization of the DD Act). The total amount of payments by the DDC for services provided under this Contract shall not exceed the approved budget amount contained in Appendix C.

The end goal is to provide funds to support a self-advocacy organization that has or will have a Delaware Chapter with active members. The organization representatives, active members, and DDC Policy and Law Committee will collaborate to execute a plan that support self-advocates.

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