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Council Membership

The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities, as authorized under the Developmental
Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-402), is a Governor-appointed board. At least 60% of the Council is made up to people with developmental disabilities and family members. Other members represent required agencies.

The Council accepts applications for membership throughout the year. You may apply if you are: a person with developmental disability; a parent, guardian, or immediate relative of a child or adult with a developmental disability who cannot advocate for themselves; or an employee of a non-governmental agency or private, nonprofit concerned with services for people with developmental disabilities.

Quarterly Council Meetings are usually held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of January (South Mississippi), April (Jackson area), July (North Mississippi), and October (Jackson area). Review of grant proposals and committee meetings occur an additional one or more times per year. [Council member travel expenses are reimbursed.]

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Council, please complete the Membership

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Learn from Partners in Policymaking – A Free Online Curriculum

This program is provided through the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to educate people with developmental disabilities, their family members, and supporters to become active partners with those who make the policies that impact their daily lives and opportunities for an appropriate education, competitive employment, independent living, and community inclusion.

The free, on-demand Partners in Policymaking Online Curriculum consists of five courses:

  1. Learn about the history of people with developmental disabilities, including legislation, social movements and changemakers.
  2. Explore the special education system to understand the laws and actively participate in the process.
  3. Explore employment for people with developmental disabilities and understand supports, services, and providers.
  4. Explore the components of a meaningful life including self-determination, technology, independence, inclusion, and more.
  5. Explore how people with developmental disabilities can participate in the policymaking process for systems change.

For more details about the program and to register, visit