Developmental Disabilities Council
The South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council was established in 1971 by executive order and was reauthorized in 2010. The council is comprised of members appointed by the governor. The membership includes individuals with developmental disabilities or their relatives, advocates, service providers, and state and local agency representatives.
The council is federally funded under the Developmental Disabilities Act. The council engages in activities that contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family centered and directed, comprehensive system that includes needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
The mission of the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council is to provide leadership in planning, funding and implementing initiatives that lead to improved quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, capacity building and systemic change.
- Families are the foundation of our society.
- An individual with developmental disabilities may provide additional challenges in the family.
- A coordinated system of support is critical to the individual, family members, and community to foster independence, productivity and inclusion into the community setting.
- Individuals and family members should be actively involved in the decision making process for supports and services.