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What is NACDD?

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is the national association for the 56 Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories.  The DD Councils receive federal funding to support programs that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion for all people in the United States with developmental disabilities.

The Role of NACDD

  • To provide technical assistance to all DD Councils
  • To advocate for the national public policy agenda
  • To advocate for DD Councils’ appropriations in Congress
  • To convene DD Councils for leadership and development training

NACDD's Vision

People with developmental disabilities are fully included as valued members of their communities and have equal opportunities to achieve their potential, make their own decisions, and exercise their civil rights.

NACDD's Mission

NACDD is an outcomes-oriented, mission-driven organization. NACDD leads the way in advancing issues that improve the lives of people with DD and their families by actively listening to all stakeholders, identifying and exploring emerging trends, and proactively reaching out to collaborate with a variety of leaders and organizations to develop effective solutions. NACDD’s values include: Self-Determination, Inclusion, Diversity, Learning, Innovation, Collaboration, Communication, and Accountability.

The DD Act, the DD Network and the Role of DD Councils

DD Councils are part of the Developmental Disabilities Network as outlined by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 2000 (The DD Act). The DD Network works independently through federal funding provided by the Administration on Intellectual and Development Disabilities under the leadership of the Administration for Community Living in the Department of Health and Human Services.  DD Councils are made up of voluntary members appointed by the state’s governor.  By law, the majority of members must have a developmental disability or be a family member to a person with developmental disability. The DD Councils focus on creating programs and advocating policy that empower individuals with developmental disabilities and allows them to participate as an equal member of society. DD Councils work to create an environment of self-sufficiency, self-determination, inclusion, and acceptance. DD Councils also play a critical role in quality assurance and as innovators in the development of community programs and solutions.

10 Ways NACDD is Shaping the Future

  1. Timely Initiatives
  2. Driving a National Public Policy Agenda
  3. Advocating for Employment Opportunities & Workforce Investment
  4. Serving as an Advisor to Conscientious Companies
  5. Developing Collaborative Relationships
  6. Engaging Dedicated Professionals and Passionate Volunteers Across the Country
  7. Providing Technical Assistance to Improve Outcomes within States
  8. Building Communities of Practice among State/Territorial DD Councils
  9. Expanding Visibility for Developmental Disabilities
  10. Strategically Building our Organizational Capacity
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