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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

Did You Know:


The FDDC Has New Executive Officers

Sylvia James-Miller, FDDC Council Chair
Tricia Riccardi, FDDC Council Vice-Chair
Dick Bradley and Kathy Leigh, At-Large Executive Committee Members


CLICK HERE for Council Photograph, September 12, 2014

CLICK HERE for Council Photograph, May 15, 2014

Disaster Ready

Hurricane season 2014 is June 1 to November 30. History teaches us that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

A disaster can strike at any time - sometimes without warning. It is very important for every Floridian, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents. It is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches.

"Disaster Ready," is an emergency preparedness guide for Floridians with disabilities that can help. Please download or order your publication today.

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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 the 2014 photographs of the day

Click Here for the 2014 Medicaid Waiver Waitlist Handout

Click Here for the FAQs Home and Community Based Services Handout

Click Here for the 2014 Policy Backgrounder Handout


DD Awareness Day at the Capitol 2015 is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015                    

CLICK HERE for the FDDC Media Kit for holding a DD Awareness Day in your community! 

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 appears in a total of 23 areas of Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami during 2014. Click Here for site locations

Click Here to view article published in the October 2014 Issue of FLORIDA TREND Magazine



"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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