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THE VERMONT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL is a
state-wide board that works to increase public awareness about critical issues
affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. In
addition to state agency and nonprofit representatives, 14 of its 23 members
(61%) are self-advocates and family members. Created under the federal
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its
federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that
Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s
communities. People with developmental disabilities, their families and
guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those
with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use
its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State
Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards. Its projects
focus on public education, leadership training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing
individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to
speak for themselves and make choices, and to exercise all the rights and
protections of full community participants.