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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.
Student Transition Courses Now Available
The FYI Transition website is designed to provide information to help students become aware of how to participate more meaningfully in the decisions and planning for transitioning from high school to employment, post-secondary education and adult life.  http://fyitransition-students.org/
Americans with Disabilities Act
Tom Harkin, former member of the U.S. Senate and chief Senate sponsor of the ADA will be speaking on the topic of “Impacts of the Americans with Disabilities Act” at Reitz Union at the University of Florida on October 20th at 6:30. This is a free event and open to the public. For more info please visit:  http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/events/tom-harkin-healthcare-and-impacts-affordable-care-act


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 the 2015 FALL NEWSLETTER 
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
Click Here for the 2016 "Residential Options of Florida" Public Service Announcement


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
This is to encourage your application to participate in the Rural Routes to Employment Project, administered through the Center for Social Capital (CSC) and funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.  The application makes local communities eligible for selection as a Project Site, which provides your organization and local community with training, technical assistance, and mentoring tailored to your community, job seekers, and needs. We encourage applications from collaborative communities or counties in a proximal geographic area comprised of agencies, schools, and other community partners interested in working cooperatively as a project site.

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


Help Me Grow State Project and Research Manager Position Available 

 Click here for a detail job description.

iBudget Waiver Wait List Training

       iBudget Advocate Training Video  CLICK HERE  


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