State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (Councils) are federally funded, self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state or territory. Councils are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives.
The Councils across the United States and its territories work to address identified needs by conducting advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion. Key activities include conducting outreach, providing training and technical assistance, removing barriers, developing coalitions, encouraging citizen participation, and keeping policymakers informed about disability issues. For more information about State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, visit the Administration on Community Living (ACL).
Councils develop a Five Year State Plan, which sets forth an agenda of goals, objectives, and activities to be achieved over a Five Year time period.
The DDCO State Plan for persons with developmental disabilities was developed to:
- Provide assistance to State Councils on Developmental Disabilities and other State Officials involved in the review and preparation of a State Plan under the requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, Subtitle B, Federal Assistance to State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (see pages 17-36);
- Advise the citizens of Oklahoma about the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma, its goals, objectives, activities, programs, and procedures, to enable them to participate in the planning process and to be knowledgeable about the manner in which the Council operates; and
- Provide the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services with reliable, useful information upon which to base current and future national policy regarding the Basic State Grant Program and the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families.