Developmental Disabilities Act Legislative Agenda for the 112th Congress (2011-2012)

The Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights  Act (DD Act) is the fundamental law supporting states to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. This law promotes the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in society of approximately 4.8 million people with developmental disabilities.  

The 112th Congress should:

  • Make the reauthorization of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act a priority;

  • Increase funding for programs authorized under the DD Act, including:
    1. State Grant Programs (Councils on Develop­mental Disabilities);
    2. Protection and Advocacy Systems;
    3. University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs);
    4. Family Support; and
    5. Projects of National Significance.
  • Reauthorize the Title III Program for Direct Support Workers to address the direct support workforce shortage and improve the recruitment, training, support, and retention of a qualified direct service professional workforce in each state;

  • Reauthorize and fund Title II Family Support program and provide a formula grant to every state and territory with a separate authorization and appropriation line item.

  • Protect and expand the authority of Protection and Advocacy Systems to investigate abuse, neglect, and deaths and to pursue class action litigation on behalf of our constituents wherever they live; and

  • Retain federal funding for self-advocacy leadership activities directed by self-advocates with appropriate organizational and infrastructure supports.

Legislative Agenda Partners

We are national organizations that serve and advocate for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. We work together to shape, expand, and protect a strong federal role that provides vital benefits, services and supports and assures civil rights for our constituency.