disabilities are severe, chronic disabilities attributable to
mental and/or physical impairment which manifest in childhood
and are likely to continue indefinitely. They result in substantial
limitations in self-care, receptive and expressive language,
learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent
living, and/or economic self-sufficiency. The following sites
provide general information relating to developmental disabilities;
for additional resources, see our pages on mental
retardation and other specific disabilities.
- Administration on
Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
- The home
of the federal agency that oversees government policies and programs,
the ADD web site provides information about developmental disabilities
policies, programs, state activities, events, staff, links, and
- The Consortium
of Developmental Disabilities Councils (CDDC)
- The CDDC
is a membership organization representing the statewide Developmental
Disabilities Councils. Its web site includes information the
Councils wish to share with each other (such as job postings),
information about legislation and other public policy issues
affecting people with developmental disabilities, contact information
for the state Councils and the federal Administration on Developmental
Disabilities, and more.
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
- The complete
text of S 1809. which was signed into law by President Clinton
on October 30, 2000.
- Developmental Disabilities
Sites of the States
- This "unofficial
guide to State Developmental Disabilities Agency sites"
is a handy list of links.
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
Center promotes understanding of neurological and behavioral
development, with special emphasis on meeting challenges associated
with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities."
This site provides indepth information about its research, training
and service programs.
- Quality Mall [added 4/10/01]
itself "a showcase of promising practices and innovations
that promote quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities,"
Quality Mall uses the theme of a shopping mall "to help
connect visitors to the best products and services available."
For example, the "Family Place" store is divided into
the departments on Family Support and Respite, Family Advocacy,
Whole Families, Financial and Estate Planning, New Parents, and
Parents with Disabilities. The products in the stores include
programs, publications, video and sound recordings, training
curriculum, CD-ROMs, and websites. Discussion groups and realtime
chat are also available. While we found the shopping mall theme
a bit stretched and sometimes confusing, this site is packed
with useful information and resources. Set aside some time for
a shopping trip, and we think you'll agree.
- This section
of the Seguin Services web site includes a good overview of developmental
disabilities and history of people with developmental disabilities
in the U.S.
- University Affiliated Programs (UAPs)
at major universities and teaching hospitals throughout the U.S.,
UAPs engage in activities to support the independence, productivity,
integration and inclusion into the community of individuals with
developmental disabilities and their families. The UAP web site
offers information about legislation, contacts, special projects
and technical assistance activities relating to developmental
- Disabilities - General
- Just for Parents
- Mental Retardation
- Specific Disabilities
- Resources in your state
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