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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


Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet highlighted recent efforts to promote more employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and efforts to assist employers in finding and hiring these talented individuals to be part of their workforce. An overview of the new Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk to help link employers to job seekers who have disabilities was presented during a recent press conference. Click Here for the full press release.



Up Coming Events  

The 2015 January Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 29th and Friday, January 30 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Tampa Airport Westshore, 4500 W. Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607.  CLICK HERE  to make your hotel reservations or you may call 1-813-879-4800 (no later than January 9, 2015).

The briefing for new Council members is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (room will be identified at a later date).  Council Committee meetings will begin on Thursday, tentatively at 8:00 a.m.  An agenda will be forthcoming with other pertinent information to include the scheduled time of your Committee meetings.


The FDDC is seeking information about what Floridians feel are the unmet needs and barriers for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD). We are also seeking information on what is working well. This information will be used to help us develop goals for the Council’s 2017-2021 State Plan.

Webinars/conference calls are being planned for family members of individuals with developmental disabilities and provider organizations.
                                                        Mark your calendars and register now                                                   
                                                            Family Webinars/Conference Calls
NOTE: The same information will be shared during each family webinar. Three webinars have been scheduled at different times to meet the diverse needs of families.
                                              Monday, February 9, 2015: 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
                                             Tuesday, February 10, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
                                              Thursday, February 12, 2015: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
                                                        Provider Webinar/Conference Call                            
                                                           February 13, 2015: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
       If you have any questions, please email Sheila Gritz-Swift at Sheilags@fddc.org or call 1-888-488-8633.


                                       The Center for Social Capital & The FDDC Present:
                                      THE CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT WEBINAR SERIES

                                          Intro to Customized Employment:  02/11/2015
                                    Linking Discovery & Job Development:  02/25/2015
                              Critical Factors in Small Business Development:  03/11/2015

                                                               2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EST)
                                           All Webinars are FREE and include materials
                          To Register, please email Meg at: mhammis@griffinhammis.com
                                                 Please register by FEBRUARY 9, 2015

                                                    Click Here for more information


FDDC Newsletter

Winter 2015 - (Click Here)

Legislative Activities

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 will be celebrating DD Day at the state capitol on Thursday, March 5.  

The 2015 Media Kit - CLICK HERE for things you can do in your community to celebrate DD Awareness Day.

Idelio Award Description Click Here

Idelio Award Nomination Form Click Here


2014 Public Service Message

We Are Your Neighbors - Look At Our Abilities, Not Our Disabilities!

Click Here for the 30 second Public Service Announcement

Click Here to view PSA story found 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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