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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


No Wrong Door 

The State of Florida is trying to make it easier for individuals, families, and caregivers in need of long-term care services and supports, learn about and access the help they need to remain in their homes and communities. To learn more about No Wrong Door, visit The Department of Elder Affairs website.

Legislative Activities

Tallahassee, FL (March 5, 2015) - Hundreds of Floridians concerned about funding and services for people with developmental disabilities descended on the state capitol for the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day and to ask legislators to consider a four-point plan presented by the FDDC and The Arc of Florida.
The FDDC and The Arc presented their plan during a Press Conference at the Capitol, which included numerous speakers and was attended by people with developmental disabilities, advocates, self-advocates, legislators, policy makers and many others.
In addition, the 2015 FDDC Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award, named in honor of the late former Council member and self-advocate, was presented to Panama City resident Amanda Baker for her numerous community activities and personal achievements. 

CLICK HERE for the Press Release.

CLICK HERE for Photographs of the Day
CLICK HERE for the Legislative Capitol Update


Click Here for our Public Service Announcement, "Look At Our Abilities, Not Our Disabilities"
Click Here to view FDDC story featured in FLORIDA TREND Magazine
Click Here for the 2014 FDDC Annual Report 
Click Here for the 2016 Toolkit - Creating A Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day In Your Community

Community Coalition Up-Dates

The Council has developed a partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to develop four (4) sustainable coalitions in Florida that eventually can support the development of informal and volunteer services available in their area to help meet identified unmet needs of individuals with developmental disabilities who are currently on Florida’s Medicaid Waiver waitlist.
A long term goal of this project is to form grassroots coalitions throughout the state that are capable of identifying and increasing access to generic or shared services that can be utilized by the larger community. During the first year of this project, coalition building began in Escambia, Santa Rosa, & Okaloosa counties (Area 1), Jefferson, Madison & Taylor counties (Area 2) and Alachua, Bradford and Levy counties (Area 3).
Click Here for story about Project Enable's First Respite Day.


Rural Routes To Employment Project - Year 4

(Click Here) For Application
The goal of the expansion of the Florida Rural Routes To Employment to include a transition site is to improve the employment outcomes for transitioning youth with disabilities. Youth who transition from high school to adulthood face many barriers including lack of access to post-secondary supports, employment supports, transportation and housing.   
Many of the barriers are grounded in:
  • Low expectation for having a working life
  • Lack of access to post-secondary and employment supports
  • Inadequate coordination between youth and adult services
  • Inadequate coordination across multiple disability service systems
  • Lack of knowledge regarding work and benefits
  • Paucity of community-based providers who are skilled in employment best practices and transition of youth to adulthood                                                                                                            

Through the Florida Rural Routes to Employment transition site, this fragmentation and inadequate coordination will be addressed through a multi-agency collaborative that focuses on best practices training for community and educational providers, youth, family, provider and employer education regarding financial incentives available to workers with disabilities, and expanding employer supports.


U.S. Government Accountability Office. "Students with Disabilities: Better Federal Coordination Could Lesson Challenges in the Transition from High School."


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. "Guideposts for Success." 


Help Me Grow up-dates

On January 21, 2015, Help Me Grow Florida welcomed 2-1-1 representatives and community partners from 66 countries across Florida. With the support of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, the Office of Early Learning, the Children's Movement of Florida, and the Help Me Grow National Center, attendees from across the state were brought together to further the work of the HMG system on behalf f all children and families in Florida.  

(Click Here) for Photographs 


iBudget Waiver Wait List Training

       iBudget Advocate Training Video  CLICK HERE  


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