Areas of Emphasis and the DD Act

The Council conducts activities and funds initiatives in “Areas of Emphasis” as defined within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, PL 106-402, October 30, 2000. You can obtain a copy of the Act at

http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/add/ddact/DDACT2.html

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Areas of Emphasis include:

Quality Assurance – Activities and initiatives that focus on making communities a safe place to live

Education and Early Intervention – Activities and initiatives that support educational and transition opportunities for persons with DD and their families in the community

Child Care-Related – Activities and initiatives that support children and families in school, before-school, after-school and out-of-school in their communities

Health-Related – Activities and initiatives that promote health and wellness in ones community

Employment-Related – Activities and initiatives that support community employment and jobs

Housing-Related – Activities and initiatives that support people living in their community

Transportation-Related – Activities and initiatives that support people having transportation where and when they want to go in their community

Recreation-Related – Activities and initiatives that support inclusive recreational, leisure and social community events

Formal and Informal Community Supports – All other activities and initiatives that have creative strategies enabling individuals with developmental disabilities to become a valued member of their community.

Information about the Law (DD Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, PL 106-402, October 30, 2000)

The DD Act/Law is based on Findings, Purposes and Policies of the US Congress.

Findings: Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish the right of individuals with developmental disabilities to live independently, to exert control and choice over their own lives, and to fully participate in and contribute to their communities through full integration and inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural and educational mainstream of United States society;

Purpose: The purpose of this act/law is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life, through culturally competent programs;

Policy: It is the policy of the United States that all programs, projects, and activities receiving assistance under this act/law shall be carried out in a manner consistent with the principles that individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with the most severe developmental disabilities, are capable of integration and inclusion in all facets of community life with services and supports that are individualized for the person and their family, who are the primary decision makers.