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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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Building Self-Determination & Advocacy
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News and Events


 Provider Rate Crisis


Legislative Activities

  • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Capitol will be held February 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Click HERE for the 2016 DD Day flyer. Please contact Vanda Bowman at 850-488-4180 or email: vandab@fddc.org for more information.
  • If you would like to be an exhibitor during DD Day, please Click Here for the registration form. 
  • Click Here for the 2016 Toolkit - Creating A Developmental Disabilities Awareness day In Your Community

iBudget waiver waitlist training


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/


Click Here for the 2016 FDDC "Residential Options of Florida" Public Service Announcement

Facilitated Individual Educational Plan (FIEP) Vignettes for Parents:                                      The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) is proud to provide a series of short vignettes to help parents understand the benefits of using the FIEP process to enhance collaboration with IEP teams when communication is not working well. Currently these are closed captioned in English and Spanish. To view, CLICK HERE  

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


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