In each state or territory, the grantees form a Developmental Disabilities Network, or DD Network, that is uniquely positioned to meet the diverse needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in their state.
While each entity within the network serves specific, sometimes disparate purposes, they were established with overlapping goals that facilitate collaboration and interconnectivity among the different units. Because of its structure, each entity within a state’s DD Network is able to work cross-functionally to fulfill the mandates of the DD Act and its core values: self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of the community.
The 56 Councils across the United States and its territories work to address identified needs by conducting advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion. Key activities include conducting outreach, providing training and technical assistance, removing barriers, developing coalitions, encouraging citizen participation, and keeping policymakers informed about disability issues.
The 57 P&As across the United States and its territories are dedicated to the ongoing fight for the personal and civil rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. P&As are independent of service-providing agencies within their states and work at the state level to protect individuals with developmental disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. P&As provide legal support to traditionally unserved or underserved populations to help them navigate the legal system to achieve resolution and encourage systems change.
National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research & Service
The 68 UCEDDs across the United States and its territories are unique among AIDD program grantees in that they are affiliated with universities, allowing them to serve as liaisons between academia and the community. UCEDDs are a nationwide network of independent but interlinked centers, representing an expansive national resource for addressing issues, finding solutions, and advancing research related to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
PNS efforts focus on the most pressing issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families, creating and enhancing opportunities for these individuals to contribute to, and participate in, all facets of community life. Through PNS, AIDD supports the development of national and state policy and awards grants and contracts that enhance the independence, productivity, inclusion, and integration of people with developmental disabilitie.
The mission of PCPID is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of Intellectual Disabilities. Undergirding the Committee’s mission is the goal to improve the quality of life that is experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and life-long participation in their respective communities.
In order to provide equal opportunity for participation in the electoral process (including privacy and independence), Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grants make polling places accessible to voters with disabilities.