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The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) is the federal legislation that authorizes State Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The DD Act says the purpose of Councils is to “engage in advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities.” The aim of these activities should be to “contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family centered, consumer and family directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.”

The Council strives to fulfill its federal mandate through a variety to strategies. For information about outcomes resulting from these strategies, see our annual Program Performance Report.