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The Council

Role of the Council

A developmental disability is a chronic condition that significantly limits a person's ability to speak, hear, see, walk, learn, or perform fundamental tasks involved in providing self-care, living independently, or earning a living. The majority of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have more than one disability, and most have disabling conditions that are emotional in nature.

Because their disabilities restrict their communication, mobility, and ability to take care of themselves, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities may rely on assistance from others. To help meet these needs, federal, state, and local agencies provide health care, vocational training, and service coordination to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Developmental Disabilities Council helps coordinate this effort in Florida.

The Council

The primary mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is to promote innovative programs and practices designed to prevent intellectual and developmental disabilities and improve the quality of life of individuals with such disabilities and their families.

The Council, a non-profit organization that receives its funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Developmental Disabilities, was founded in 1971 and operates independently of any agency or department of state.

To fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Council seeks to accomplish the following:

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  1. Provide a voice for people with intellectual and  developmental disabilities through leadership, education, advocacy and practice..
  2. Encourage choice and self-direction in the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and promote independent, productive and inclusive lifestyles.
  3. Provide vision and leadership to ensure that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be fully included in their communities and able to exercise control over their own lives.
  4. Increase awareness of and accessibility to services and resources for Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their families.
  5. Cultivate relationships and build community partnerships to encourage integration and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in education, employment, housing, recreation, cultural enrichment and all other aspects of life.
  6. Help Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities live, learn, work, play and participate.
  7. Serve as a change agent and encourage innovative approaches to addressing challenges and issues facing Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  8. Educate policymakers and community members about the importance and essential need for programs and services that enable persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential and live independent, self-sufficient and productive lives.
  9. Serve as a change agent and encourage innovative approaches to addressing challenges and issues facing Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  10. Encourage and energize self-advocacy efforts.

Council Member Documents

View the Council By-Laws [PDF]

FDDC is comprised of 30 members who are appointed by the Governor to represent consumers, family members, agency staff and interested individuals.

View FDDC Council Members

Gubernatorial Application/Questionnaire for Appointments: CLICK HERE 

 

 

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