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.
The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has a mission to support:
- productivity, and
- inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities.
About the Council
ACDD is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities.
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.
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.