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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.

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News and Events

                          March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 

In 1987 President Ronald Reagan passed a proclamation declaring March National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  This year the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and The ARC of Florida celebrated DD Day at the state capitol on March 5.               


 The FDDC Seeks Interested Individuals to be Members on the Council

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking individuals who would be interested in becoming a member of the Council. Our mission is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities. This is a great opportunity to become involved in helping to change the system to enhance the quality of life for Florida's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families.

CLICK HERE to access the requirements for membership. Additionally, if you meet the requirements, we are asking that you complete the Gubernatorial Questionnairre Application and the Information Sheet. 


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


FDDC 2015 Winter Newsletter - (Click Here)
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

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.

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 



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