Who We Are

The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MS CDD) is a 25 member board appointed by the Governor. This body of advocates promotes quality of life issues for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community at large. Board membership is composed of 60% or more of persons with disabilities and/or family members. The Council also includes government representatives from public and private supports/service organizations.

Others represent certain public and private entities providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, including: Department of Rehabilitation (Rehabilitation Act of 1973), Department of Education (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), Department of Human Services (older Americans Act of 1965), Governor’s Office of Medicaid (Title XIX), Department of Public Health (Title V), representation from a non-governmental agency and private non-profit entities, Disability Rights Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (UCEDD).

Improvements in quality of life are provided through demonstration projects that have the potential for replication in advocacy, systems change, and capacity building. The MS CDD is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), which is under the Administration for Community Living within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of AIDD is to help individuals with developmental disabilities fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the U.S. and its territories.

Mission Statement

The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities is a body of advocates, appointed by the Governor, who promote quality of life for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community at large. Improvement in quality of life is provided through initiatives that promote advocacy, systems change, and capacity building..