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State Councils on Developmental Disabilities

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities Factsheet

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (Councils) are federally funded, self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state or territory. Councils are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives.

The 56 Councils across the United States and its territories work to address identified needs by conducting advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion. Key activities include conducting outreach, providing training and technical assistance, removing barriers, developing coalitions, encouraging citizen participation, and keeping policymakers informed about disability issues.

Diverse Council Membership

Council members are appointed by a state or territory’s governor; by law, at least 60% of a Council’s membership must consist of individuals with developmental disabilities or their family members. Advocates and state agency representatives also serve as members. This diversity enables Councils to better analyze and improve systems and services within a state and ensure that the voices of people with developmental disabilities and their families are heard.

Empowerment through Self-Advocacy

Councils focus on empowering individuals through activities that teach self-advocacy skills and support self-determination. By empowering individuals and their families both to advocate for themselves and to seek long-term solutions through systems change, Councils are creating an environment of self-sufficiency, self-determination, inclusion, and acceptance. Councils also play a critical role in quality assurance and as innovators in the development of person-centered systems.

State-Level Planning and Goal Implementation

To serve their communities, Councils design five-year state plans that address new ways of improving service delivery. To implement the state plans, Councils work with different groups in many ways, including educating communities to welcome people with developmental disabilities; funding projects to show new ways that people with disabilities can work, play, and learn; and seeking information from the public as well as state and national sources.

Outcome Data Tables

Report Title

Year

Individuals And Family Advocacy - This table outlines the impact of DD Council supported activities towards individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

2020-2021 (Excel)

Systems Change - This table outlines the impact of DD Council activities resulting in systems change to support positive outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. 

2020-2021 (Excel)

Examples of Councils’ Activities

Health

The Iowa DD Council developed an informational campaign to help educate Iowans with I/DD about protecting themselves from COVID-19. The campaign included flyers, social media posts, radio ads, and a toolkit to help DD network partners and other stakeholders share the information. The campaign reached 800,000 Iowans with disabilities, and 99 percent of partner organizations that responded to the council’s annual survey indicated that the campaign was helpful in supporting their work. 

Employment

The New York State DD Council has been funding a technology-based training grant called Tech Launch to help individuals with I/DD learn in-demand technology skills. Participants in this program receive career exploration mentoring services and assistance to navigate the job application process. In addition, a web- and data-based system was developed to record training certificates and help employers identify candidates with the skills needed to fill job openings.  

Guardianship

The Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities commissioned a study of the administration of guardianship statutes in the courts. The study found that a guardian ad litem, an impartial official appointed to advocate for the best interests of the person for whom a guardian may be appointed, was appointed in only 102 of the state’s 256 guardianship cases. The study also found that protection of the rights of the person with I/DD varied significantly by county. Based on these findings, the council has launched focused advocacy and outreach efforts to increase public awareness and educate state legislators and other policy makers about alternatives to guardianship and options that preserve the individual’s rights to self-determination.  

Disaster Response

The California State DD Council has worked with public health and emergency response agencies to improve outcomes for people with I/DD in disasters and emergencies. In collaboration with FEMA, the American Red Cross, and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Council provided training, tools and resources to first responders to help build their capacity to address the unique needs of people with I/DD and developed a plain language emergency response toolkit for people with I/DD. The council also provided over 6,000 emergency “go-kits” that contained essential items, such as a flashlight and first aid kit, to support emergency preparedness efforts.  

 

Information and Technical Assistance Center for Councils (iTACC)
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ITACC (Information and Technical Assistance for Councils on Developmental Disabilities) is a federally funded technical assistance project. Section 129(b) of PL 106–402 provides that funding be made available to provide technical assistance to entities funded under the DD Act (PL 106–402). ITACC is the entity providing technical assistance to Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) received the award to provide these services.

Cultural Competence Plan

ITACC, working with NACDD, is to provide all training and technical assistance in a culturally competent manner approved by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

Visit iTACC Website

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities: Program Contacts

Alabama

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities

RSA Union Building

100 North Union Street, Suite 682

P.O. Box 301410

Montgomery, AL 36130-1410

Toll-Free: 800-232-2158

E-Mail: darryle.powell@mh.alabama.gov

Web: www.acdd.org

Alaska

Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Robert B. Atwood Building

550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1220,

Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone: (907) 269-8990 | Toll-Free: 1-888-269-8990

E-Mail: GCDSE@alaska.gov

Web: dhss.alaska.gov/gcdse/Pages/default.aspx

Arizona

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

3839 North 3rd Street, Suite 306

Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone: (602) 542-8970 | Toll-Free: (877) 665-3176

E-Mail: addpc@azdes.gov

Web: https://addpc.az.gov

Arkansas

Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

1515 West 7th Street,

Suite 320-330

Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone (501) 682-2897

E-Mail: ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov

Web: https://gcdd.arkansas.gov/

California

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

3831 North Freeway Blvd. #125

Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: (916) 263-7919 | Toll-Free: (833) 818-9886

TDD: (916) 324-8420

E-Mail: council@scdd.ca.gov

Web: www.scdd.ca.gov

Colorado

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council

1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 706

Denver, CO 80203-2117

Phone: (720) 941-0176

E-Mail: GetInformed@coddc.org

Web: www.coddc.org

Connecticut

Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities

460 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106-1308

Toll-Free: (800) 653 - 1134

TTY: (860) 418-6172

Web: www.ct.gov/ctcdd/

Delaware

Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council

Margaret M. O’Neill Building, Suite 2

410 Federal Street, 2nd Floor

Dover, DE 19901

Phone: (302) 739-3333

Web: ddc.delaware.gov

District of Columbia

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council

One Judiciary Square

441 4th St., NW, Suite 729 North

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 724-8612

TTY: 711

E-Mail: ddc@dc.gov

Web: https://ddc.dc.gov

Florida

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203

Tallahassee, FL 32301-2981

Phone: (850) 488-4180 | Toll-Free: (800) 580-7801

TDD Toll-Free: 888-488-8633

E-Mail: fddc@fddc.org

Web: www.fddc.org

Georgia

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

2 Peachtree Street, NW, #26-246

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 657-2126 | Toll-Free: (888) 275-4233

TDD: (404) 657-2133

E-Mail: info@gcdd.org

Web: www.gcdd.org

Hawaii

Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities

1010 Richards Street, Room 122

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 586-8100

Web: https://hiddcouncil.org/

Idaho

Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities

Joe R. Williams Building

700 W. State Ste, 119

Boise, ID 83702-5868

Phone: 208-334-2178 | Toll-Free: 1-800-544-2433

E-Mail: info@icdd.idaho.gov

Web: www.icdd.idaho.gov

Illinois

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities Chicago Office

160 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1000C

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Phone: 312-814-2080

TTY: 888-261-2717

Web: icdd.illinois.gov

Indiana

Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

Indiana Government Center South, Room E145

402 W. Washington Street,

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 232-7770

E-Mail: council@gcpd.in.gov

Web: www.in.gov/gpcpd/

Iowa

Iowa DD Council

700 2nd Avenue, Suite 101

Des Moines, IA 50309

Toll-Free: (800) 452-1936

E-Mail: contactus@iowaddcouncil.org

Web: www.iowaddcouncil.org

Kansas

Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities

Docking State Office Building

900 S.W. Jackson, Room 569

Topeka, KS 66612-1570

Phone: (785) 296-2608 | Toll-Free: (877) 431-4604

E-Mail: kcdd@kcdd.org

Web: www.kcdd.org

Kentucky

Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities

1024 Capital Center Drive

Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 564-7841

E-Mail: ccdd@ky.gov

Web: https://ccdd.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

Louisiana

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

5615 Corporate Blvd. Suite 500B

P.O. Box 3455

Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Phone: (225) 342-6804 | Toll-Free: (800) 450-8108

E-Mail: Amy.Deaville@la.gov

Web: www.laddc.org

Maine

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

Mailing Address: 139 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0139

Physical Address: 526 Western Ave. Unit 2, Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: (207) 480-1478 | Toll-Free: (833) 713-2618

Web: www.maineddc.org

Maryland

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

217 E. Redwood Street, Suite 1300

Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: (410) 767-3670 | Toll-Free: (800) 305-6441

E-Mail: info@md-council.org

Web: www.md-council.org

Massachusetts

Massachusetts DD Council

108 Myrtle Street, Suite 202

Quincy, MA 02171-1791

Phone: (617) 770-7676

Web: www.mass.gov/mddc

Michigan

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

Suite 218, PO Box 30037

Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 335-3158

TDD - (517) 335-3171

E-Mail: mdhhs-dd-council@michigan.gov

Web: www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/keep-mi-healthy/mentalhealth/developmentaldisability

Minnesota

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

370 Centennial Office Building

658 Cedar Street

St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: (651) 296-4018 | Toll-Free: 877-348-0505

MN Relay Service: (800) 627-3529 OR 711 

E-Mail: admin.dd.info@state.mn.us

Web: mn.gov/mnddc/ 

Mississippi

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities

239 North Lamar Street, Suite 1101

Robert E. Lee Building

Jackson, MS 39201

Phone: (601) 359-6238

Web: www.mscdd.org

Missouri

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council

1706 E. Elm Street

P.O. Box 687

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (573) 751-8611 | Toll-Free: (800) 500-7878

E-Mail: moddc@moddcouncil.org

Web: www.moddcouncil.org

Montana

Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities

7 West 6th Ave, Suite 507

Helena, MT 59601-9767

Phone: (406) 443-4332

Web: www.mtcdd.org

Nebraska

Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities

301 Centennial Mall, South

P.O. Box 95026

Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

Phone: (402) 471-2330

TDD (800) 833-7352

E-Mail: dhhs.ddcouncil@nebraska.gov

Web: https://dhhs.ne.gov/pages/DD-Planning-Council.aspx

Nevada

Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

896 W. Nye Lane,

Carson City, NV 89703

Phone: (775) 684-8619

Web: www.nevadaddcouncil.org

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities

21/2 Beacon Street, Suite 10

Concord, NH 03301-4447

Phone: (603) 271-3236

TDD Access: Relay NH: (800) 735-2964

E-Mail: info@nhcdd.us

Web: www.nhcdd.nh.gov/

New Jersey

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities

20 West State Street Mary Roebling Building, 6th Floor

Trenton, NJ 08608

Phone: (609) 292-3745 | Toll-free 1 (800) 792-8858

TDD: (609) 777-3238

E-Mail: njcdd@njcdd.org

Web: https://njcdd.org/

New Mexico

New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Council

625 Silver Avenue SW

Suite 100

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Phone: 505-541-4519

Web: www.nmddpc.com

New York

New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

99 Washington Avenue, 12th Floor, Suite 1230

Albany, NY 12210

Phone: (518) 486-7505

E-Mail: information@ddpc.ny.gov

Web: ddpc.ny.gov

North Carolina

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities

3109 Poplarwood Court, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27604

Phone/TTY: (984) 920-8200| Toll-Free: (800) 357-6916

E-Mail: Info@nccdd.org

Web: www.nccdd.org

North Dakota

North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities

600 E Boulevard Ave,

Bismarck, ND 58505

Phone: (701) 328-4847

E-Mail: jhorntvedt@nd.gov



Web: https://www.nd.gov/scdd/

Ohio

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

1810 Sullivant Ave

Columbus, OH 43222

Phone: (614) 466-5205 | Toll-Free: (800) 766-7426



E-Mail: ddcinfo@dodd.ohio.gov

Web: www.ddc.ohio.gov

Oklahoma

Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma

P.O. Box 25352

Oklahoma City, OK 73125 - 9975

Phone: (405) 521-4984

E-Mail: staff@okddc.ok.gov

Web: www.okddc.ok.gov

Oregon

Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

2475 SE Ladd Ave #231

Portland, OR 97214

Phone: (971) 204-8824

E-Mail: info@ocdd.org

Web: www.ocdd.org

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

2330 Vartan Way, Suite 130,

Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: (717) 787-6057 | Toll-Free: (877) 685-4452

TTY: (717) 705-0819

Web: www.paddc.org

Rhode Island

Rhode Island DD Council

400 Bald Hill Rd, Suite 515

Warwick, RI 02886

Phone: (401) 737-1238

E-Mail: riddc@riddc.org

Web: www.riddc.org

South Carolina

South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council

1205 Pendleton St, Suite 372

Columbia, SC 29201-3731

Phone: (803) 734-0465

TYY: (803) 734-1147

Web: http://scddc.sc.gov/

South Dakota

South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities

2520 E Franklin St, Suite 4 

Pierre, SD  57501

Phone: (605) 773-6369 | In-State Toll Free: (800) 265-9684

E-Mail: infoddc@state.sd.us

Web: https://dhs.sd.gov/cdd.aspx

Tennessee

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

500 James Robertson Pkwy

Davy Crockett Tower, First Floor

Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 532-6615

E-Mail: tnddc@tn.gov

Web: www.tn.gov/cdd

Texas

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

6201 East Oltorf, Suite 600

Austin, TX 78741-7509

Phone: (512) 437-5432 | Toll-Free: (800) 262-0334

E-Mail: tcdd@tcdd.texas.gov

Web: www.txddc.state.tx.us

Utah

Utah Developmental Disabilities Council

5296 S Commerce Drive Ste. 305

Murray, UT 84107

Phone: (801) 245-7350

E-Mail: UDDC@utah.gov

Web: www.utahddcouncil.org

Vermont

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

100 State Street, Suite 342

Montpelier, VT  05633-0206

Phone: (802) 828-1310

E-mail: vtddc@vermont.gov

Web: www.ddc.vermont.gov

Virginia

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities

1100 Bank Street, 7th Floor

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 786-0016

E-Mail: info@vbpd.virginia.gov

Web: www.vaboard.org

Washington

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

2600 Martin Way E., Suite F

Olympia, WA 98506

Phone: (360) 586-3560 | Toll-Free: (800) 634-4473

Web: www.ddc.wa.gov

West Virginia

West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council

110 Stockton Street

Charleston, WV 25312-2521

Phone: (304) 558-0416

E-Mail: dhhrwvddc@wv.gov

Web: www.ddc.wv.gov

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

101 East Wilson Street, Room 219

Madison, WI 53703-2796

Phone: (608) 266-7826

E-Mail: Jeremy.Gundlach@wisconsin.gov

Web: www.wi-bpdd.org

Wyoming

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Capitol Hill Building

320 W. 25th St. Suite 119

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: (307) 777-7230 | Toll-Free: (800) 438-5791

E-Mail: wgcdd@wyo.gov

Web: ddcouncil.state.wy.us

U.S. Territories

American Samoa

American Samoa Developmental Disabilities Council

P.O. Box 194

Pago Pago, AS 96799

Phone: (684) 633-2696

E-Mail: council@samoatelco.com

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities

Building No. 1312, Capitol Hill

P.O. Box 502565

US Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan, MP 96950-2565

Phone: (670) 664-7000/3/5

TTY: (670) 664-7002

E-Mail: cnmicouncilondd@gmail.com

Web: https://cnmicdd.gov.mp/

Guam

Guam Developmental Disabilities Council

University Castle Mall, Room 2

130 University Drive,

Mangilao, GU 96913

Phone: (671) 735-9127

E-Mail: guamddc@gddc.guam.gov

Web: https://gddc.guam.gov/

Puerto Rico

State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Physical Address: Edif. VIG Tower

Ave. Ponce de León 1225

Parada 18

Suite B 104 GF 3

San Juan PR 00907

Phone: (787) 722-0595

E-Mail: liz.candelario@ddec.pr.gov

Web: cedd.pr.gov

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Developmental Disabilities Council

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island

5070 Norre Gade, Ste 6

St. Thomas, VI 00802

Phone: (340) 719-0076

E-Mail: info@viddc.org

Web: www.viddc.org

 


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