Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic disabilities attributable to mental and/or physical impairment which manifest in childhood and are likely to continue indefinitely. They result in substantial limitations in self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, and/or economic self-sufficiency. The following sites provide general information relating to developmental disabilities.
Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent services, supports, and other assistance and opportunities that promotes independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion into the community.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
MD Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
The MD Developmental Disabilities Administration provides leadership to assure the full participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life. In addition, DDA's goal is to promote their empowerment to access quality supports and services necessary to foster personal growth, independence and productivity.
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
By Executive Order, the Governor created the Maryland State Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities in 1971 to carry out provisions of the federal Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Act (P.L. 91-517). That federal law is now the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (P.L. 98-537; P.L. 103-230; P.L. 106-402). To protect State eligibility for certain federal grants, a new council was appointed in 1973 to meet revised criteria of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for consumer members.
Maryland State Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Maryland State Council on Developmental Disabilities is a public policy organization that advocates for the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The organization focuses on bringing about lasting improvements in the areas of: education, early intervention, child care, employment, transportation, community supports, recreation, housing, health, and quality assurance.
MD State Dept. of ED/Div of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work or stay independent in their homes and communities. DORS is an agency of the Maryland State Department of Education.
President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)
In 1966, in order to ensure the right of a “decent, dignified place in society” for people with intellectual disabilities, President Lyndon B. Johnson established The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) to focus on this critical subject of national concern. Since that time, the President’s Committee has served in an advisory capacity to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to persons with intellectual disabilities.
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Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
The Administration for Children and Families is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Actual services are provided by state, county, city and tribal governments, and public and private local agencies. ACF assists these organizations through funding, policy direction, and information services.