State Councils on Developmental Disabilities
By federal law, Councils on Developmental Disabilities are established in the 55 states and territories to engage in systems change, advocacy, and capacity building. The Alabama Council was established in 1971 by Executive Order of the Governor.
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) pursue system change in aspects of service/support to promote better lives for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Councils:
• Work to improve the capacity of projects to deliver services and supports;
• Support advocacy activities that promote self-determination and inclusion in the community;
• Support demonstration of new approaches;
• Sponsor outreach training;
• Do public education;
• Provide information to policymakers.
ACDD Mission, Vision and Overview
The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has a mission to support independence, advocacy, productivity, and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities.
ACDD is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities.
As a result of the Council’s projects and initiatives, individuals and families have experienced more access to the many spheres of human life. The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities is enthusiastic about this progress and is eager to see what the future will hold for people with developmental disabilities as the Council continues to advocate for equality of opportunity for all of Alabama’s citizens.
Developmental Disabilities Act And Bill Of Rights
Under authority granted under the Developmental Disabilities Act and Bill of Rights (P.L.106-402), the ACDD provides funding consistent with the ACDD 2011-2016 State Plan.
In accordance with the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, ACDD and all of its activities must comply with the succeeding principles:
- People with developmental disabilities, including individuals with the most severe disabilities, are capable of achieving independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion within the community.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families have competencies, capabilities, and personal goals that should be recognized, supported and encouraged. All assistance to such individuals should be provided in an individualized manner.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are the primary decision makers regarding the services and supports such individuals and their families receive, and should play decision-making roles in policies and programs that affect the lives of such individuals and their families.
- Services, supports, and other assistance are provided in a manner that demonstrates respect for individual dignity, personal preference, and cultural differences.
- Specific efforts must be made to ensure that individuals with disabilities from under-represented groups enjoy effective and meaningful opportunities for full participation in the developmental disabilities service system.
- Recruitment efforts of professionals to work in the field of developmental disabilities must focus on bringing additional numbers of under-represented groups into the field in order to provide the appropriate skills, knowledge, role models, and sufficient human resources to address the growing needs of an increasingly diverse population.
- With education and support, communities can be responsive to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and are enriched by the full and active participation and contributions of the individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities must have access to opportunities and the necessary supports to be included in community life, have interdependent relationships, live in homes and communities, and make contributions to their families, community, state, and nation.
- Efforts undertaken to maintain or expand community-based living options for individuals with developmental disabilities should be monitored in order to determine and report to appropriate individuals and entities the extent of access by individuals with developmental disabilities to those options and the extent of compliance by entities providing those options with quality assurance standards.
- Families of children with developmental disabilities need to have access to and use of safe and appropriate child care and before-school and after-school programs, in the most integrated settings, in order to enrich the participation of the children in community life.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities need to have access to and use of public transportation, in order to be independent and directly contribute to and participate in all facets of community life.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities need to have access to and use of recreational, leisure, and social opportunities in the most integrated settings, in order to enrich their participation in community life.