Welcome to Kansas Council on

Developmental Disabilities!

The purpose of the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is to support people of all ages with developmental disabilities so they have the opportunity to make choices regarding both their participation in society, and their quality of life.



Supported Decision-Making
Protecting Rights & Ensuring Choices
KS Guardianship: Options & Alternatives
Tools for creating a vision and planning your or your loved one’s future for living “The Good Life”

The 2016 SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING CONFERENCE: LIVING THE GOOD LIFE  provided participants with an introduction to Communities of Practice, concepts of Supported Decision-Making, and help Kansans understand Options and Alternatives to Guardianship and set the groundwork for helping people with I/DD and their families plan for and live a quality life.

Want to learn more about Supported Decision-Making? Watch this Video!
Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities
2017 – 2021 State Plan Goals & Objectives
Seeking Public Input
KCDD welcomes your input!
Our mission:
“To ensure the opportunity to make choices regarding participation in society and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.”

Throughout 2015, the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities sought public input and direction in developing the Council’s 2017-21 Five-Year State Plan. Self- advocates, families, state agencies, providers, educators and other stakeholders contributed their ideas and suggestions relating to the Council’s charge, “to ensure the opportunity to make choices regarding participation in society and quality of life for individual with developmental disabilities.”  This information was considered in the development of the 2017-21 Five-Year State Plan goals, objectives and activities.

The Council developed and approved goals and objectives that we believe will result in systems change, capacity building and increase advocacy for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, enabling them to meaningfully participate in all aspects of life. The final draft of the Five-Year State Plan goals and objectives is being presented to you for review and input.  KCDD’s work is guided by our five-year plan and we need your input.

The 5-Year Plan will guide our activities over the next 5 years. KCDD has identified 4 Areas of Priority:
  1. Self Advocacy
  2. Employment
  3. Education, and
  4. Quality Assurance


KCDD 5YR PLAN 2017-2021 DRAFT 04-20-2016[1]


Members of the public wishing to review provide KCDD with feedback on our 5-Year Plan may do so through our Survey:


Public comment is open from April 20, to June 2, 2016.


The proposed 2017-2021 Five-Year Plan is also available on the Council’s website at. www.KCDD.org.  If you would prefer you may provide your feedback by calling 785-296-2608 or via email at KCDD@KCDD.org

…for taking the time to review KCDD’s 2017-2021 Five Year Plan.
We appreciate your feedback.
If you would like more information about the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities,
please visit our website at: http://www.kcdd.org/
or by calling us at

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KanCare Eligibility

The eligibility process for KanCare moved to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on January 1, 2016.

 At the same time there has been an increase in the number of calls going to the KanCare Clearinghouse, and wait times have increased.

The Clearinghouse number is 1-800-792-4884

It is best to leave them a message and they will respond as soon as possible.

If your case is more complicated or urgent, you may send a letter explaining the details.

Please fax your letter to the fax number that is appropriate for your case:

Fax details of cases dealing with families and children to 1-800-498-1255;

Fax details of cases dealing with the elderly and disabled to 1-844-264-6285.

Thank you for your patience.

Angela de Rocha, Director of Communications, Office of the Secretary, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 785 296-6154 – Office, 785 806-7482 Cell, Angela.deRocha@KDADS.KS.govOr visit our website at www.kdads.ks.gov

KCDD State Plan FFY 2016


KCDD Program Performance Report FFY 2015


KCDD 2014 Program Performance Report

PPR_KS 2014[1]

KCDD 2015 Five Year Plan



Interhab 2016 System Change

KCDD Current Projects Powerpoint

WIOA Promise Powerpoint 162.1

Interhab 2015 System Change

The Why,How, What of Good Employment Service System

Who’s on First – Expect, Employ, Empower

History of Future

The Coming Job War


Articles on Project SEARCH

Salina Project SEARCH: Job Training Program Announced for adults with DD

Newton Project SEARCH:  http://www.thekansan.com/article/20140816/NEWS/140819616

Lawrence Project SEARCH:  http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/aug/18/project-search-helps-young-adults-developmental-di

Kansas Council On Developmental Disabilities Holds Employment Summit

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)– A Kansas organization that has built its reputation on supporting people with disabilities, wants to ensure they’re success rate when finding employment.

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disability hosted its 2014 Employment Summit at the Capitol Plaza and Convention Center.
Watch Video:


What is Self-Determination and Why is it important to People with Developmental Disabilities?
 People who are self-determined make things happen in their own lives. They know what they want and how to get it. They choose and set goals, then work to reach them. They advocate on their own behalf, and are involved in solving problems and making decisions about their lives.
Click here for more information: http://www.ngsd.org


End the Wait Campaign – Disability Rights Center   – Click Here- www.endthewaitks.org.

  • Local meetings are occurring in Shawnee, Sedgwick, Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
  • Project continues to build their database, develop local committees and impact funding for the waiting list.
  • With the legislative session beginning soon, project staff will be soliciting information from Kansas Legislative Research to craft their legislative campaign, and they are collecting personal stories from those on the waiting list.
  • Alternatives


 Final Report to Kansas Council on

Developmental Disabilities on

Health Care Outcomes Grant Project

December 2012

In 2011, the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) funded the Disability Rights Center (DRC) of Kansas to gather information about the healthcare experiences and outcomes of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). DRC partnered with the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) at the University of Kansas to meet the result targets specified in KCDD’s “Call for Investment for Health Care Outcomes.”

This report presents:

1. Results of  Town Hall Meetings and Online Survey – page 1 A. Regional meeting sites and participant numbers B. TownHallparticipantfeedback:WhatWorksandWhatDoesn’tWorkinYourCurrent

Healthcare Experience? C. Onlinesurveyresults(seeAppendixA) D. List of health information materials provided to participants

2. Recommendations to Improve Healthcare Access for Kansans with IDD – page 9

3. Suggestions for Disseminating Project Findings – page 10

Click Here - Final Report to DD Council with App. A[1]

Click Here - Certificate For Excellence in Caring for People with Disabilities



2012 Partners in Policymaking Graduates

The Partners in Policymaking class proudly graduated 18  participants on November 9, 2012.   The graduation weekend session was facilitated by Teresa Schwab.   The keynote graduation speaker was Ray Petty from the Great Plains Americans with Disabilities Act Center.  These Partners students have received a wealth of great training and will make wonderful additions to the Partners Alumni Network.

Link for online options for Partners.


 2015 Partners In Policymaking Classes cancelled

Federal Statute for KCDD: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/add/dd_act.pdf

State Statute for KCDD; Article 74-5501-5505 (scroll to next to see all five parts): http://www.kslegislature.org/li/statute/074_000_0000_chapter/074_055_000…

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilties
915 SW Harrison, DSOB Rm 141
Topeka, KS 66612
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