The DDC leads a variety of activities to help us meet the goals and objectives in our 5-Year State Plan. You can learn more about some of those activities below.
The Council is required to create a 5-Year State Plan to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. We use our plan as a road map to keep track of the priority areas that are most important to people, and to talk about the specific goals and objectives we are trying to meet.
The Advocacy Partnership Project supports advocacy efforts that provide opportunities for self-advocates, family members, and other advocates to effectively participate in advocacy efforts, especially during the legislative session.
The Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account was created in 2005 after the death of Dan Thompson. He was an advocate, a Microsoft employee, and a person with a developmental disability. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is required to get recommendations from the Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) on how to spend the funding. The DDC created the Dan Thompson Advisory Committee to identify priorities and create an application process.
The purpose of the Home and Community Based Services Quality Assurance Advisory Committee is to provide oversight and guidance for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) administered by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
Informing Families is a resource provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities Administration and other partners throughout the state. Informing Families provides trusted news and information to individuals and families that empowers them to be active participants in planning and building a network of support and opportunities.
StateData.info offers publications and data related to employment and disability. It builds off of decades of research conducted at ICI about the work of state intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) agencies, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and community organizations providing employment support to people with IDD.
The local leadership project trains and supports individuals in leadership skills and systems advocacy about people with developmental disabilities and their families. The project prepares participants to get involved in advocacy at the local, state and federal level.
The National Core Indicators is a voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to track their own performance. It is a combined effort of the Human Services Research Institute and The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services.
Northstar is a coalition (group) of people with disabilities, the families who love and support disabled loved ones, and service and advocacy organizations. Together we are trying to create an omnibus (large) legislative bill to address our community’s urgent needs. We are working together to create a vision for everything we need, from transportation to residential services to health care.
The Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) project brings self-advocates together to identify the issues that are important to them and to take leadership roles in developing their own legislative agenda and policy that improves quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.