THE VERMONT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL (VTDDC) is a statewide board that identifies and addresses critical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families.
At least 60% of VTDDC’s members must be self-advocates or family caregivers. Other members represent agencies in state government or partner organizations in Vermont. The Council must have between 21 and 25 members.
VTDDC was created by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. There is a Developmental Disabilities Council in every US state, territory, and jurisdiction – 56 in all! Councils use their federal funding to make positive, systemwide changes for people with developmental disabilities. VTDDC recieves its funding at the start of every federal fiscal year from U.S. Administration for Community Living.
Council members and staff follow a set of By-Laws to fulfil their duties, conduct meetings, and serve the Council's mission and Five-Year State Plan.