About the Council
“To ensure the opportunity to make choices regarding participation in society and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.”
Council members are appointed by the Governor of Kansas. 60% of the council is composed of people with developmental disabilities and family members who represent the developmental disability community.
The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is established by state and federal law and federally funded to advocate for imporvements in the Kansas system so that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and support they need.
The KCDD listens to the developmental disabilities community regarding the welfare of Kansans with Developmental Disabilities and their families. Based on what we hear, a five-year plan is developed and annually updated to provide guidance regarding how Council resources are spent and how long-term goals are met in accordance with federal law.
in all parts of community life for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Areas of Emphasis:
Advocacy – Self-advocacy & leadership
Promoting self-advocacy and the rights and responsibilities of making choices. The Council:
Funds Partners in Policymaking, an advocacy and leadership training academy.
Works with the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK)
Provides funding for Youth Leadership Forum training, an all-inclusive program designed to promote youth leadership development.
Helps fund organizations that offer individual and family training events and conferences.
Systems Change – Working to affect public policy
The Council analyzes state and federal policies to determine their effectiveness and:
Informs policymakers about disability issues and how proposals affect people with disabilities and their families.
Makes recommendations regarding policy choices.
Empowerment – Employment
The Council promotes competitive, integrated employment by providing funding for:
Innovative employment programs such as small business ownership, Project SEARCH and Employment1st.org.
Statewide employment summit and Employment 1st activities.
The Council works to help improve the health of people with developmental disabilities and to improve their access to health care services. Examples include providing:
A 3-year research grant on reducing obesity in adults with developmental disabilities which resulted in a multi-million dollar grant for the State of Kansas.
Funding aimed at improved training for dental professionals on working with people with developmental disabilities.
Assistance in providing training for families and individuals on preventative practices, including incorporating oral health as part of regular health practices.