Legal and Reference Resources

FDDC's Universal Education Position, Policy & Practice Statement - Universal Education, also referred to as inclusion, is an approach to education that creates learning environments which are inher-ently designed for diversity, making natural education settings accessible to all children, all together, all the time.

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Florida Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan - The Council's goals, funding, and strategies for systemic change through the year 2021 are provided below.

Logic-Model Click Here

Logic-Model PDF Click Here

2017-2021 State Plan Click Here


Guardianship - is the most restrictive decision-making option available and should only be used as a last resort. Florida law provides a continuing right to review the appropriateness of a guardianship and favors restoration of rights whenever possi-ble. The resources below are provided to assist individuals with developmental disabilities who wish to build their skills and work towards more independent lives. In response to the need for increased awareness of the continuing right to review existing guardianships and the need for increased knowledge of the rights restoration process, the Council partnered with the Office of the Public Guardian, Inc. to provide education for individuals under guardianship, their families, legal professionals and other stakeholders. The goal of the project is to increase awareness of guardianship and guardianship restoration; provide an accompanying website with downloadable resources; and to initiate of advocacy efforts to address the lack of data on guardianships and guardianship restoration within the judicial system.
Through the project’s advocacy efforts, key stakeholders became engaged in examining the issue of data collection within Florida’s judicial system and data collection among persons receiving services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and their families.

To download the Workbook for Persons with Disabilities Click Here  
To download the 2016 Guide for Supporting Persons with Disabilities Click Here  
To download the Manual for Legal Professionals Click Here



Lighting the Way to Guardianship and Other Decision-Making Alternatives - This document provides accurate and timely information regarding guardianship and alternatives to guardian-ship for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, please seek the service of competent professional.

Click to download A Manual for Individuals and Families:

English / Spanish


Lighting the Way Fact Sheets – Turning 18 means making new decisions about the future. These resources have been designed to provide educators, parents and students with guidance on alternatives to guardianship during the Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting.

Educator Fact Sheet Click Here

Student Fact Sheet Click Here

Parent Fact Sheet Click Here

Lighting the Way to Guardianship Online Training - Designed to assist individuals and families of persons with developmental disabilities understand the range of decision-making op-tions, from an individual making his or her own decisions to guardianship or guardianship advocacy.
Guardianship On-line Training Course Click Here

Lighting the Way to Your Choices, Your Decision, and Your Life - Every person who is age eighteen or older has certain legal rights. As an adult, you can exercise these rights by making your own decisions or asking someone to help you make decisions. To download a copy of this information Click Here


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