Michigan Developmental Disabilities Network
About the Developmental Disabilities Act
"The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) is the fundamental law supporting and enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The goal of the act is to "assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life." The DD authorizes three programs that operate in each state and territory (UCEDD, DD Councils, and PADD) known as the DD Network." (Association of University Centers on Disabilities, 2011)
Learn about the Developmental Disabilities Act in a plain language document from Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
As Michigan's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), MI-DDI works in partnership with the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Michigan. Together, the three organizations serve on boards, participate in panels, and collaborate on projects in order to advocate for the needs and civil rights of people with disabilities. Learn more about our two partner organizations below.
Michigan Developmental Diabilities Council
The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is a group of 21 Michigan citizens. Members are appointed to the Council by the governor. They come from across the state and are:
- people with disabilities;
- family members, mentors, guardians and advocates of people with disabilities; and
- professionals from state and local agencies who assist people with developmental disabilities.
Members operate the Council by providing advice and consent to its committees and staff. People throughout Michigan depend on the DD Council getting results, and its members work diligently on behalf of those people. The DD Council's mission is to support people with developmental disabilities to achieve life dreams. The Council wants all citizens of Michigan to have the opportunities and supports to achieve their life hopes and choices, as well as to live self-determined and self-directed lives in a diverse and inclusive community. Learn more about the DD Council.
Disability Rights Michigan
Disability Rights Michigan (DRM) is an advocacy organization who serves individuals with disabilities. DRM staff include attorneys and advocates who are dedicated to advancing the human and civil rights of individuals with disabilities. DRM provides free and confidential services and has broad access authority to monitor institutions and advocate for people with disabilities who live in them. DRM is independent of state government and is not connected to service providers or facilities. As a private, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization, funded by Federal, state, and private grants and donations, DRM serves the entire state of Michigan. Learn more about DRM's programs and services.