Background Information on the CDDC
Full Council Meetings for 2014
The Council meets from 12:00 to 4:30 PM on the fourth Wednesday
of alternate months.
for all Denver meetings is AT Partners, 601 E. 18th Avenue,
Suite 103, Denver
March 26, 2014
May 28, 2014 - Greeley
July 23, 2014
September 10, 2014 - Idaho Springs
November 19, 2014
23/24, 2014 Council Retreat (Thursday/Friday)
6538 S. Racine Circle
Centennial, CO 80111
Background Information on the CDDC
History: P.L. 106-402, the most recent re-authorization of the Developmental
Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, was signed into law on October
20, 2000. The original legislation was passed into law on October 4, 1975. P.L.
106-402 continues the establishment of Developmental Disabilities Planning
Councils in each state in the United States, as well as Protection and Advocacy
organizations (P&A's) and Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Education, Research and Service (UCEDS) in each state. Colorado's P&A
organization is the Legal Center, and Colorado's UCED is JFK Partners.
The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council was formed in 1979 as a result
of a law passed by the Colorado General Assembly in that year. In keeping with
guidelines established in federal legislation, the makeup of the Colorado
Developmental Disabilities Council includes people with disabilities, family
members of people with disabilities, and representatives of state agencies,
nongovernmental agencies and private nonprofit groups concerned with services
for people with disabilities. Council members: The Council must have 24 members, each of whom is
appointed by the governor for a maximum of two consecutive 3-year terms.
Purpose and Mission:
The mission of the CDDC is to advocate in collaboration with and on behalf of
people with developmental disabilities for the establishment and implementation
of public policy which will further their independence, productivity and
The CDDC, being federally funded, uses the federal definition of developmental
disability. The definition is broader than that used by the State of Colorado,
and is as follows:
What is the Federal Definition of Developmental Disabilities?
In P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Act, the term "developmental
disability" means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that--
(A) is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental
and physical impairment;
(B) is manifested before the individual attains age 22;
(C) is likely to continue indefinitely;
(D) results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following
areas of major life activity:
(ii) receptive and expressive language;
(vi) capacity for independent living; and
(vii) economic self-sufficiency; and
(E) reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special,
interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms
of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually
planned and coordinated.
An individual from birth to age 9, inclusive, who has substantial developmental
delay or specific congenital or acquired conditions may be considered to have a
developmental disability without meeting 3 or more of the criteria described
above in (A) through (E) if the individual, without services and supports, has a
high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.
Resolution on Arizona Immigration Law,
passed by the Council on May 26, 2010:
Statement in Response to Arizona’s 2010 SB 1070
Arizona’s passing of SB 1070 is an unfortunate example of
the pendulum of civil rights swinging backwards. Where would the Colorado
Developmental Disabilities Council stand if such a bill were to pass in our
state? What would the implications be to the individuals and families we serve?
Cultural competency is an
objective in the Council’s Five-Year Plan. The Council has established a
Multicultural Committee as evidence of its intention to reach individuals and
families who are culturally and linguistically diverse. It is important that
individuals and families know that the Council does not support laws that are
discriminatory and non-inclusive.
No one understands the fight for civil rights better than the
people who have disabilities and their families who love them. The purpose of
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), American with
Disabilities Act (ADA), the Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights and
Assistance Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is to include people with
disabilities as participating members of society with all the rights that people
without disabilities possess. The
Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council believes Arizona’s SB 1070 is
racist and its broad implementation will affect people of color, people who are
poor, who perform outside jobs, or any who have any other characteristics a
particular police officer may use to stop and interrogate someone who appears to
be undocumented. In this heightened climate of renewed legislative racism the
Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council believes the following:
Council will actively oppose any similar legislation in Colorado should it
be proposed that would suggest any anti-immigration policy.
Council would initiate a policy that would not allow such legislative policy
to be proposed without strong condemnation by the Council.
Council will, through its Multicultural Committee, and as a body, support
all people with disabilities without regard to their legal status.
The Council will work in solidarity with like-minded
community interests to oppose any suggested legislation that legalizes
What are the Council's by-laws?
Please click here to access a copy of the Council's by-laws, as amended at the
Council's meeting on January 23, 2013.
Areas of Interest:
The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council has specific areas of
interest that are described in the Five-Year Plan for 2012-2016. The Five-Year
Plan is something required of all Developmental Disabilities Councils across the
country, as a result of the reauthorization of the DD Act in 2000. As part of
the work of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, committees
that include both Council members and community members set goals for their
work, calling on the experience and interests of committee members and the
guidelines for activities set out in the Five-Year Plan. Click on the committee
names below to find out more about what the individual committees are doing. The
Executive, Legislative & Public Policy,
ad hoc Autism,
Multicultural and Planning and Grants.
Please click here for minutes from full Council meetings.
In August 2012 the Council submitted a Year One Amendment to its Five-Year Plan for 2012-2016 to the
Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Click here for a copy of the
In January of each year, the CDDC submits a report on how the Council has done
in reaching the goals set out in the Five-Year Plan.
A summary of Council activities and funded projects in federal fiscal year 2012
(October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012) are available
in the 2012 Project Performance Report.
The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council (CDDC) members are citizens of the State of Colorado. Council membership
reflects the geographical diversity of Colorado. Council members are
people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and
representatives of state agencies, nongovernmental agencies and private
nonprofit groups concerned with services for people with
Citizens of Colorado interested in applying to be members of
the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council apply for
membership through the office of Boards and Commissions, and are appointed by
the Governor. Terms begin on July 1st each year. Download the
application here or call the CDDC
office for an application at (720) 941-0176.
CURRENT COUNCIL MEMBERS
Katherine Carol, Chairperson
Executive and Planning and Grants Committees
Lionel Llewellyn, Administrative Assistant
Marna Ares, Planner
Julie Farrar, Policy Analyst
Mackenzie Helton, Fiscal