The Division of Developmental Disabilities welcomes input from people with disabilities, their families, providers, advocates, community partners and other stakeholders as we improve our services and supports.
Volunteers are needed to support all of these councils and committees. Contact the DDD Volunteer Coordinator via email if you are interested in learning more.
The Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council (DDAC) is an advisory council to the Assistant Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities on matters relating to developmental disabilities. The mission of the DDAC is to provide, in partnership with the Division of Developmental Disabilities, advisory oversight on behalf of consumers, families and providers.
The Independent Oversight Committees (formerly the Human Rights Committees) have moved from the Department of Economic Security (DES) to the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) effective August 2018. Meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the IOC website.
The Program Review Committee (PRC) reviews any behavior treatment plans that meet the criteria outlined in Article 9 Managing Inappropriate Behaviors (Arizona Revised Statutes) regarding managing behaviors that are challenging to others. The PRC reviews and approves behavior treatment plans, or makes recommendations for changes as necessary.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities engages individuals, families, advocates and providers to continuously improve the system. Check the DES Meetings and Events Calendar to find out when the next stakeholder meetings, Gemba walks and Kaizen events are scheduled.
As required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Governor of Arizona has established a State Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for Infants and Toddlers made up of family members, providers, state agency representatives and other community members. The ICC advises and assists the Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP), and its partner agencies to administer, promote, coordinate and improve early intervention for families and professionals.
The oversight committee formed by the Arizona Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act Oversight Committee
An Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account is a savings program to provide persons with disabilities, their family and friends, the option to contribute to a tax-exempt savings account for disability-related expenses. The seven-member Arizona ABLE Act Oversight Committee makes recommendations and provides guidance for the establishment, implementation, and improvement of the program, including statutory and rule changes.
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC)
The ADDPC provides original research, education, advocacy and financial support to help Arizona residents with developmental disabilities and their families with employment, self-advocacy and community inclusion. Its mission is to develop and support capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement of people with developmental disabilities in their communities through the promotion of self-determination, independence and dignity in all aspects of life