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Council Board Meeting - May 17th, 2013

Our Mission

The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.

Strengthening Transition & Employment
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Supporting Community Inclusion
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Building Self-Determination & Advocacy
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Improving Services and Supports
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News and Events



From Kathy McAllister, FDDC Chair

  • Florida Must Invest In Its Communities, Click Here for Disability Awareness Day OPED
  • Governor, Agencies Collaborate to Advance 'Employment First' for People with Disabilities     Click Here for OPED 



Partners In Policymaking: Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s History

Partners In Policymaking, affectionately known as "PIP,” has over 400 graduates in Florida who are continuously making a difference every day in our Florida counties. Their work in Polk county brought projects such as fine arts to underserved populations. Innovative efforts expanded employment opportunities in Lee County by targeting the businesses in that community. PIP stands by the mission of the Council by advocating and promoting meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with Developmental Disabilities.
Is there a need in your community?  Can being a member of the next Partners in Policymaking class help you become a stronger advocate for families and self-advocates as partners in the systems change process?
PIP is offering courses in more areas and expanding to include more family members with an intent to reach or increase participation.
Deadline for Applications is May 1, 2014
Classes begin June 13, 2014    
CLICK HERE for information flyer

CLICK HERE for the 2014 Application Form


FDDC May Council Meeting, May 15-16, 2014

Florida Hotel & Conference Center * 1500 Sand Lake Road * Orlando, FL 32809


The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities

Department of Child and Family Studies | College of Behavioral
and Community Sciences at the
University of South Florida has several new programs and training sessions now available.  Click Here for information.


2014 Legislative Activities

The 2014 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day held Tuesday, March 18, was fantastic! It was a very successful event and we thank all of you who made it to Tallahassee in support.

Click Here for photographs of the day

Click Here for the Medicaid Waiver Waitlist Handout
Click Here for the FAQs Home and Community Based Services Handout
Click Here for the Policy Backgrounder Handout

To keep track of legislative activities during the 2014 year, go to our Legislative Information page.


2014 Public Service Message

Look At Our Abilities, Not Our Disabilities!
Click Here for the 30 second Public Service Announcement
Click Here to view the Billboard that will appear in areas of Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami during 2014. 
Click Here for location sites.


"Building Towards The Future" - (Click Here) for full 2013 Annual Report

(Click Here) for 2013 Palm Card

"Meaningful Participation In Community Life" - (Click Here) for full 2012 report


Vertical Training Program (Project Achieve) - Into its third year

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is committed to advocating and promoting meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities. We especially enjoy sharing some of the stories of success such as the Florida State College at Jacksonville, in collaboration with the Duval County and Nassau County School Districts Project Achieve. This project is designed to provide students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, the support to pursue their post-secondary education at a college, specifically working on certification in the field of their choice. Click Here for the full story.



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