2017 Hurricane Response

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Fact Sheet (PDF, 338KB)

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 56 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.

Diverse Council Membership

Council members are appointed by a state’s governor; by law, more than 60% of a Council’s membership must consist of individuals with developmental disabilities or their family members. Advocates and state agency representatives also serve as members. This diversity enables Councils to better analyze and improve systems and services within a state and ensure that the voices of people with developmental disabilities and their families are heard.

Empowerment through Self-Advocacy

Councils focus on empowering individuals through activities that teach self-advocacy skills and support self-determination. By empowering individuals and their families both to advocate for themselves and to seek long-term solutions through systems change, Councils are creating an environment of self-sufficiency, self-determination, inclusion, and acceptance. Councils also play a critical role in quality assurance and as innovators in the development of person-centered systems.

State-Level Planning and Goal Implementation

To serve their communities, Councils design five year state plans that address new ways of improving service delivery. To implement the state plans, Councils work with different groups in many ways, including educating communities to welcome people with developmental disabilities; funding projects to show new ways that people with disabilities can work, play, and learn; and seeking information from the public as well as state and national sources.

Outcome Data Tables

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Individuals Trained by State DD Councils

2012 | 2013 | 2014

Systems Change

2012 | 2013 | 2014

Information and Technical Assistance Center for Councils (iTACC)
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ITACC (Information and Technical Assistance for Councils on Developmental Disabilities) is a federally funded technical assistance project. Section 129(b) of PL 106–402 provides that funding be made available to provide technical assistance to entities funded under the DD Act (PL 106–402). ITACC is the entity providing technical assistance to Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) received the award to provide these services.

Cultural Competence Plan

ITACC, working with NACDD, is to provide all training and technical assistance in a culturally competent manner approved by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

Visit iTACC Website

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities: Program Contacts


Alabama State Council for DD
RSA Union Building
100 North Union Street, Suite 498
P.O. Box 301410
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410

Phone: (334) 242-3973
Fax: (334) 242-0797
Web: www.acdd.org

Executive Director: Elmyra Jones, myra.jones@mh.alabama.gov
Chair: Dr. David Martin


Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
P.O. Box 240249
Anchorage, AK 99524-0249

Phone: (907) 269-8990
Fax: (907) 269-8995
Web: dhss.alaska.gov/gcdse/Pages/default.aspx

Executive Director: Patrick Reinhart, patrick.reinhart@alaska.gov
Chair: Donna Swihart, swihart@mtaonline.net


Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
1740 W. Adams, Suite 410
Site Code 074Z
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 542-8970
Toll-Free: (877) 665-3176
Fax: (602) 542-8978
Web: www.azdes.gov/ADDPC/Home/

Executive Director: Larry Clausen, LClausen@azdes.gov
Chair:Will Humble, humblew@azdhs.gov


Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council
1515 West 7th Street
Suite 320
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone/TDD: (501) 682-2897
Fax: (501) 682-2975
Web: www.ddcouncil.org

Executive Director: Eric Munson, Eric.Munson@dfa.arkansas.gov
Phone: (501) 682-2912
Chair: Chris Johnson, chris.johnson@dillards.com
Vice-Chair: Stacey Sebree, sebree@att.net


California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
1507 21st Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone: (916) 322-8481 | Toll-Free: (866) 802-0514
Fax: (916) 443-4957
TDD: (916) 324-8420
E-Mail: council@scdd.ca.gov
Web: www.scdd.ca.gov

Executive Director: Aaron Carruthers, Aaron.Carruthers@scdd.ca.gov
Chair: Leroy Shipp, Pickenpower1@sbcglobal.net


Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 706
Denver, CO 80203-2117

Phone: (720) 941-0176
Fax: (720) 941-8490
E-Mail: cddpc@state.co.us
Web: www.coddc.org

Executive Director: Marcia Tewell, Marcia.tewell@state.co.us
Chair: Christine Herron, herronest@comcast.net


Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1308

Phone: (860) 418-6160
TDD: (860) 418-6172
Fax: (860) 418-6003
Web: www.ct.gov/ctcdd/

Executive Director: Molly Cole, molly.cole@ct.gov
Chair: Cathy Adamczyk, cathya@ntplx.net


Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council
Margaret M. O’Neill Building, 2nd Floor
410 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901

Phone: (302) 739-3333
Toll-Free TDD: (800) 464-HELP (In-state)
Fax: (302) 739-2015
Web: ddc.delaware.gov

Executive Director: Pat Maichle, Pat.maichle@state.de.us
Chair: Diann Jones, diannjones@gmail.com

District of Columbia

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council
441 4th St., NW, Suite 729 North
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 727-6744
TTY: (202) 727-3363
Fax: (202) 727-9484
E-Mail: ddc@dc.gov
Web: odr.dc.gov

Executive Director: Mat McCollough, MPA, Mathew.McCollough@dc.gov
Chair: Tina Campanella, tcampanella@dcqualitytrust.org


Florida DD Council
124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2981

Phone: (850) 488-4180 | Toll-Free: (800) 580-7801
Fax: (850) 922-6702
Web: www.fddc.org

Executive Director: Debra Dowds, debrad@fddc.org
Chair: Reneé Valletutti, rv@cfl.rr.com


Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
2 Peachtree Street, NW, #26-200
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 657-2126 | Toll-Free: (888) 275-4233
TDD: (404) 657-2133
Fax: (404) 657-2132
Web: www.gcdd.org

Executive Director: Eric E. Jacobson, eejacobson@dhr.state.ga.us
Chair: Tom Seegmueller, tmseegmueller@gmail.com


Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities
919 Ala Moana Blvd.
Suite 113
Honolulu, HI 96814

Phone: (808) 586-8100
Fax: (808) 586-7543
Web: www.hiddc.org

Executive Director: Waynette Cabral, waynette.cabral@doh.hawaii.gov
Chair: Rosie Rowe, rrowe@LDAHawaii.org


Idaho State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Joe R. Williams Building
700 W. State Street, First Floor West
Boise, ID 83702-5868

Phone: 208-334-2178 | Toll-Free: 1-800-544-2433
TTY: (208) 334-2179
Fax: (208) 334-3417
Web: www.icdd.idaho.gov

Executive Director: Christine Pisani, Christine.Pisani@icdd.idaho.gov
Chair: Alonzo Statham, alonzostatham@msn.com


Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
100 W Randolph
Suite 10-600
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: (312) 814-2080
Fax: (312) 814-7141
Web: www.state.il.us/agency/icdd/

Executive Director: Sheila Romano, Ed.D., Sheila.Romano@illinois.gov
Chair: William Bogdan (Acting), wbogdan@ilsos.net


Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities
402 W. Washington Street, #E145
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 232-7770
Fax: (317) 233-3712
E-Mail: gpcpd@gpcpd.org
Web: www.in.gov/gpcpd/

Executive Director: Christine Dahlberg, dahlberg@gcpd.in.gov
Chair: Duane Etienne, detienne@cicoa.org


Iowa DD Council, Iowans with Disabilities in Action
700 2nd Avenue, Suite 101
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 288-0442 | Toll-Free: (800) 452-1936
Fax: (515) 288-0462
ID Action: (866) 432-2846
Web: www.idaction.com

Executive Director: Becky Harker, bharker@dhs.state.ia.us
Chair: Andrew Kaiser, KaiserAndrewJ@sau.edu


Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities
Docking State Office Bldg.
915 S.W. Harrison, Room 141
Topeka, KS 66612-1570

Phone: (785) 296-2608
Fax: (785) 296-2861
Web: www.kcdd.org

Executive Director: Steve Gieber, sgieber@kcdd.org
Chair: Kathleen Brennon, kbrennon@tvds.org


Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities
32 Fountain Place
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 564-7841 or (877) 367-5332
Fax: (502) 564-9826
Web: www.kyccdd.com

Executive Director: MaryLee Underwood, MaryLee.Underwood@ky.gov
Chair: Chastity Ross, CYRoss@Bluegrass.org


Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
626 Main St, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Phone: (225) 342-6804
Fax: (225) 342-1970
Web: www.laddc.org

Executive. Director: Sandee Winchell, Sandee.Winchell@LA.gov
Chair: Sandra Beech, sbeech@thearccaddobossier.org


Maine DD Council
Mailing Address: 139 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0139

Physical Address: 225 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: (207) 287-4215
Fax: (207) 287-8001
Web: www.maineddc.org

Executive Director: Nancy Cronin, Nancy.E.Cronin@maine.gov
Chair: Marc Roix, marmjr@yahoo.com


Maryland DD Council
217 E. Redwood Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: (410) 767-3670
Fax: (410) 333-3686
Web: www.md-council.org

Executive Director: Brian Cox, Brianc@md-council.org
Chair: Eric Cole, eric.cole@nih.gov


Massachusetts DD Council
100 Hancock St., Suite 201
Ouincy, MA 02171

Phone: (617) 770-7676 x108
TDD: (617) 770-9499
Fax: (617) 770-1987
Web: www.mass.gov/mddc

Executive Director: Daniel M. Shannon, dan.shannon@state.ma.us
Chair: Julie Fitzpatrick, juliemfitz@comcast.net


Michigan DD Council
1033 South Washington Ave., 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48910

Phone: (517) 334-7240
Fax: (517) 334-7353
Web: www.michigan.gov/mdch/

Executive Director: Vendella Collins, collinsv1@michigan.gov
Chair: Andre K. Robinson, andrerob37@hotmail.com


Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
370 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: (651) 296-9964
MN Relay Service: (800) 627-3529
Fax: (651) 297-7200
Web: www.mnddc.org | www.partnersinpolicymaking.com

Executive Director: Colleen Wieck, Ph.D, Colleen.Wieck@state.mn.us
Chair: Dan Reed, danreed@partnershipresources.org


Mississippi DD Council
239 North Lamar Street
1001 Robert E. Lee Building
Jackson, MS 39201

Phone: (601) 359-6238
Fax: (601) 576-4040
TDD: (601) 359-6230
Web: www.mscdd.org

Executive Director: Charles Hughes, Jr., charles.hughes@dmh.state.ms.us
Chair: Annette Rinehart, drycreekann@aol.com


Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council
1706 E. Elm Street
PO Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (573) 751-8611
Toll-Free: (800) 500-7878
Fax: (573) 526-2755
Web: www.moddcouncil.org

Executive Director: Vicky Davidson, vdavidson@moddcouncil.org
Chair: Stephanie Briscoe, Briscoe@grm.net


Montana Council on DD
2714 Billings Ave.
Helena, MT 59601-9767

Phone: (406) 443-4332
Toll-Free: (866) 443-4332
Fax: (406) 443-4192
Web: www.mtcdd.org

Executive. Director: Deborah Swingley, Deborah@mtcdd.org
Chair: Connie Wethern, mri@nemont.net


Nebraska Planning Council On Developmental Disabilities
301 Centennial Mall, South
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

Phone: (402) 471-0143
TDD (402) 471-9570
Fax: (402) 471-0180
Web: www.dhhs.ne.gov/ddplanning

Executive Director: Kristen Larsen, Kristen.Larsen@nebraska.gov
Chair: Linda Walker Gardels, lwgardels@aol.com


Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
896 W. Nye Lane, Suite 202
Carson City, NV 89703

Phone: (775) 684-8619
Fax: (775) 684-8626
Web: www.nevadaddcouncil.org

Executive Director: Sherry Manning, smanning@dhhs.nv.gov
Chair: Lisa Antram, mhbryant@unr.edu

New Hampshire

New Hampshire DD Council
21/2 Beacon Street
Suite 10
Concord, NH 03301-4447

Phone: (603) 271-3236
Toll-Free TDD: (800) 735-2964
Fax: (603) 271-1156
Web: www.nhddc.org

Executive Director: Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre, Isadora.Rodriguez-Legendre@ddc.nh.gov
Chair: Kristen McGraw, kristencabin15@comcast.net

New Jersey

New Jersey Council on DD
20 West State Street
P.O. Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

Phone: (609) 292-3745
Fax: (609) 292-7114
Web: www.njcdd.org

Executive Director: Kevin Casey, kevin.casey@njcdd.org
Chair: Elaine Buchsbaum, EFbuchsbaum@aol.com

New Mexico

New Mexico DD Planning Council
625 Silver Avenue SW
Suite 100
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Phone: 505-541-4575 | Toll-Free: (800) 311-2229
Fax: (505) 841-4590
Web: www.nmddpc.com

Executive Director: John Block III, John.Block@state.nm.us
Chair: Liz Thompson, leonliz@comcast.net

New York

New York State DD Council
99 Washington Avenue, 12th Floor, Suite 1230
Albany, NY 12210

Phone: (518) 486-7505 | Toll-Free: (800) 395-3372
TDD: (518) 402-3486
Fax: (518) 402-3505
E-Mail: ddpc@ddpc.state.ny.us
Web: ddpc.ny.gov

Executive Director: Sheila M. Carey, Sheila.Carey@ddpc.ny.gov
Chair: Rose Marie Toscano, rmtnge@rit.edu

North Carolina

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
3125 Poplarwood Court
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone: (919) 420-7901 | oll-Free: (800) 357-6916
Fax: (919) 420-7917
Web: www.nccdd.org

Executive Director: Chris Egan, Chris.Egan@dhhs.nc.gov
Chair: Robert J. Rickelman Ph.D., rjrickel@uncc.edu

North Dakota

North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities
919 South 7th Street Suite 503
Bismarck ND 58504

Phone: (701)328-4847
E-Mail: jhorntvedt@nd.gov
Fax: (701)328-8969
Web: www.ndcpd.org/SCDD/

Executive Director: Julie Horntvedt, jhorntvedt@nd.gov
Chair: Mary Simonson, opendoorctr@hotmail.com


Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
899 E. Broad St.
Suite 203
Columbus, OH 43205

Phone: (614) 466-5205 | Toll-Free: (800) 766-7426
TDD: (614) 644-5530
Fax: (614) 466-0298
Web: www.ddc.ohio.gov

Executive Director: Carolyn Knight, Carolyn.Knight@dodd.ohio.gov
Chair: Michael Scholl, mscholl3@columbus.rr.com


Oklahoma DD Council
2401 NW 23rd St, Suite 74
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Phone: (405) 521-4984
Fax: (405) 521-4910
Web: www.okddc.ok.gov

Executive Director: Ann Trudgeon, ann.trudgeon@okddc.ok.gov
Chair: Mark Liotta, chiefdeputy@tulsacounty.org


Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
540 24th Place NE
Salem, OR 97301-4517

Phone: (503) 945-9941 | Toll-Free: (800) 292-4154 (Oregon Only)
Fax: (503) 945-9947
E-Mail: Cynthia.Owens@ocdd.org
Web: www.ocdd.org

Executive Director: Jaime Johnston Daignault, jaime.daignault@ocdd.org
Chair: Noelle Sisk, nsisk@pps.net


Pennsylvania DD Council
Room 561, Forum Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0001

Phone: (717) 787-6057 | Toll-Free: (877) 685-4452
TTY: (717) 705-0819
Fax: (717) 772-0738
Web: www.paddc.org

Executive Director: Graham Mulholland, gmulhollan@state.pa.us
Chair: Jeff Parker, jparker@ucpittsburgh.org

Rhode Island

Rhode Island DD Council
400 Bald Hill Rd, Suite 515
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone: (401) 737-1238
Fax: (401) 737-3395
E-Mail: riddc@riddc.org
Web: www.riddc.org

Executive Director: Mary Okero, riddc@riddc.org
Chair: Wil Beaudoin, wbeaudoin@cox.net

South Carolina

South Carolina DD Council
1205 Pendleton St, Suite 461
Columbia, SC 29201-3731

Phone: (803) 734-0465
TDD: (803) 734-1147
Fax: (803) 734-0241
Web: http://scddc.sc.gov/

Executive Director: Valarie Bishop, Valarie.bishop@admin.sc.gov
Chair: Frank Bentley, frank@bentleyfamily.info

South Dakota

South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities
Hillsview Plaza, East Hwy 34
c/o 500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-6369
TDD: (605) 773-5990
Fax: (605) 773-5483
Web: www.dhs.sd.gov/ddc/

Executive Director: Arlene Poncelet, Arlene.Poncelet@state.sd.us
Chair: Amy Davenport, B121231@netzero


Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
Parkway Towers, Suite 130
404 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0228

Phone: (615) 253-5369
Fax: (615) 532-6964
Web: www.state.tn.us/cdd/

Executive Director: Wanda Willis, wanda.willis@tn.gov
Chair: Stephanie Brewer Cook, scook@cityofknoxville.org


Texas Council for DD
6201 East Oltorf, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78741

Phone: (512) 437-5432 | Toll-Free: (800) 262-0334
Fax: (512) 437-5434
E-Mail: tcdd@tcdd.state.tx.us
Web: www.txddc.state.tx.us

Executive Director: Roger A. Webb, Roger.Webb@tcdd.state.tx.us
Chair: Brenda Coleman-Beattie, bcb@sprintmail.com


Utah DD Council
155 South, 300 West, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Phone/TDD: (801) 533-3965
Fax: (801) 325-3968
Web: www.utahddcouncil.org

Executive Director: Claire Mantonya, clairemantony@utah.gov
Chair: Deborah Bowman, debhbowman@gmail.com
Cell: (801) 201-9110


VT Developmental Disabilities Council
103 South Main St
One North, Suite 117
Waterbury, VT 05671-0206

Phone: (802) 828-1311 | Toll-Free: (888) 317-2006
Fax: (802) 828-1321
E-mail: vtddc@state.vt.us
Web: www.ddc.vermont.gov

Interim Executive Director: Kirsten M. Murphy, Kirsten.Murphy@vermont.gov
Chair: John Hall, hallkjohn@yahoo.com


VA Board for People with Disabilities
1100 Bank Street, Washington Office Bldg, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 786-0016
Toll-Free TDD: (800) 846-4464
Fax: (804) 786-1118
Web: www.vaboard.org

Executive Director: Heidi Lawyer, Heidi.Lawyer@vbpd.virginia.gov
Chair: Christy Crowther, christy.crowther@atlfa.org


Washington State DD Council
2600 Martin Way E., Suite F
P.O. Box 48314
Olympia, WA 98504-8314

Phone: (360) 586-3560 | Toll-Free: (800) 634-4473
Fax: (360) 586-2424
Web: www.ddc.wa.gov

Executive Director: Ed M. Holen, ed.holen@ddc.wa.gov
Chair: Vacant

West Virginia

West Virginia DD Council
110 Stockton Street
Charleston, WV 25312-2521

Phone: (304) 558-0416
TDD: (304) 558-2376
Fax: (304) 558-0941
Web: www.ddc.wv.gov

Executive Director: Steve Wiseman, steve.a.wiseman@wv.gov
Chair: Stacey Thomas, crazyaboutmy3sons@yahoo.com


Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
201 W. Washington Avenue, Suite 110
Madison, WI 53703-2796

Phone: (608) 266-7826
Fax: (608) 267-3906
Web: www.wi-bpdd.org

Executive Director: Beth Swedeen, beth.swedeen@wisconsin.gov
Chair: Cindy Zellner-Ehlers, ehlers@door.co.wi.us


Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
122 West 25th Street
Herschler Bldg., 1st Floor, West
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: (307) 777-7230 | Toll-Free: (800) 438-5791 (In Wyoming)
Fax: (307) 777-5690
Web: ddcouncil.state.wy.us

Executive Director: Shannon Buller, shannon.buller@wyo.gov
Chair: Victor Orr, VictorOrr7@msn.com

U.S. Territories

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico DD Council
P.O. Box 9543
Santurce, PR 00908

Phone: (787) 722-0595
Fax: (787) 721-3622
E-Mail: ceddpr@gmail.com
Web: cedd.pr.gov

Executive Director: Myrainne Roa-Mendez, Roa_M@jp.pr.gov
Chair: Vicente Sanabria Acevedo, Esq

Virgin Islands

VI Developmental Disabilities Council
3011 Golden Rock
P.O. Box 6324
Christiansted, VI 00823

Phone: (340) 773-2323 Ext. 2137
TDD: (340) 772-4641
Fax: (340) 718-3643
E-Mail: viddcouncil@gmail.com
Web: www.viddc.org

Executive Director: Yvonne D. Petersen
Chair: Edita Carty

American Samoa

American Samoa Developmental Disabilities Council
P.O. Box 1455
Pago Pago, AS 96799

Phone: (011-684) 633-2696 x238
Fax: (011-684) 633-2919
E-Mail: council@samoatelco.com

Executive Director: Norma L. Smith, nlsmith@dhss.as
Chair: William Steffany

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island

CNMI Council on DD
P.O. Box 502565
US Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan, MP 96950-2565

Phone: (670) 664-7000
Fax: (670) 664-7030, gddc@cnmiddcouncil.org
Web: www.cnmicdd.org

Executive Director: Pam Sablan, Psablan.cnmicdd@gmail.com
Chair: Mariano K. Camacho, mcamacho@cnmiddcouncil.org


Guam DD Council
University Castle Mall
130 University Drive, Suite 17
Mangilao, GU 96913

Phone: (671) 735-9127
TTY: (671) 735-9130
Fax: (671) 735-9121
E-Mail: guamddc@gddc.guam.gov
Web: www.guamddc.com

Executive Director: Rosanne Ada, rosanne.ada@gddc.guam.gov
Chair: Erlinda Tydingco, (671) 686-1936, magodai@yahoo.com

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