DD Act Final Rule Toolkit
The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, within the Administration for Community Living, has released a final rule providing guidance on implementing the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act).
The rule strengthens and provides clarity for critical programs that promote the independence, inclusion, and civil rights of Americans with developmental disabilities and their families.
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Stories from the Developmental Disabilities Act Network
The Developmental Disabilities Act network stretches across the nation. The stories below provide just a few examples of how DD Act programs impact individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the communities in which they live.
- A Somali father learns about the U.S. legal system and how to advocate for his son living with autism through a Partners in Policymaking seminar.
- The Director of Disability Rights New York explains why access to records is crucial to investigating potential abuse.
- A mother of two children, including one with disabilities due to lead exposure, learned about her legal rights and how to find resources through Partners in Policymaking.
- Eli was diagnosed with a disability that his doctors believed could hinder his success. With the help of Project SEARCH, Eli was able to find a job and now works to help other people with disabilities find work.
- Students Sam and Nick pioneered the new program, GAELS RICE at Iona College, their work has opened doors for other students with developmental disabilities to attend college.
- Daniel Morales credits his autism for giving him the attention-to-detail and focus necessary to work in a busy hospital. He says that regardless of his disability, he is “the best man for the job.”
- In this ADDPC Employment Video, the owners of an Outback Steakhouse describe the unexpected payoffs of hiring, training, and working with employees on the autism spectrum.
- Mitchell & Jack gain work experience that helped them achieve their dreams.
- In this “Voices Beyond the Mirror” video, Ebony speaks out about the sexual health needs of people with disabilities.
- In New York, the Westchester Institute for Human Development brings dental care to people who live with developmental disabilities.
- Patricia, a physician, learns hand-on skills to help her support her son, Santiago. Her number one achievement? Helping her son find his own happiness in life.
- A mother teams up with Partners in Policymaking to become a better advocate for her son and others living with Down syndrome.
- The SABE Technology handbook (PDF) gives provides people with disabilities with important knowledge and tools on technology and accessibility.
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