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Developmental Disabilities Act

GCPD is one of fifty-six Developmental Disabilities Councils in the United States and territories that work to empower people with ID/DD. The Councils are agents of the DD Act, tasked with achieving its vision for Americans with disabilities and guided by three fundamental principles:


Promoting positive individual and community awareness and identity to encourage people with ID/DD to lead their own lives and advocate for themselves and others.

Capacity Building

Expanding the skills of people with ID/DD and their families, and improving the efficacy and competence of support frameworks to enable communities to include people with ID/DD as active citizens.

Systems Change

Transforming and meaningfully repairing service delivery, policy, and institutional structures to eliminate barriers and achieve better outcomes for the lives of people with ID/DD and their families.

You can learn more about the DD Act here.