More great information! See below for links to PPR reminders, DD Act resource, Employment Data and more...

Questions/comments or to submit content for consideration, contact
Angela Castillo-Epps or call 202-506-5813, ext. 100.
Federal Reports
  • FFY 2017 PPR – No official due date has been announced by AIDD. However, we anticipate the FFY 2017 PPR will be submitted before the FFY 2018 PPR and Councils will be provided with enough notice in order to complete this task.

  • FFY 2018 PPR –Councils should continue to save information in a word document and await further instructions from AIDD. This report would typically be due on January 1, 2019, however Councils will receive additional instructions should there be modifications to this timeline.

  • FFY 2019 State Plan Update – The due date for the FY 2019 State Plan Update and FFY 2021 Annual Work Plan is January 1, 2019.

Demonstration Projects
A core purpose of engaging in demonstration projects is to promote advocacy, capacity building, and systems change using new approaches. Demonstration projects and activities are described as new with no proven approach or method. Demonstration projects can include activities that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities as part of an overall strategy for systems change as well as other new projects activities that do not provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

As Councils enter the third year of implementation of their current Five-Year State plan. We recommend Council staff review the Program Instruction (AIDD-PI-16-1) issued on October 29, 2016 that provides information and discussion on time limited demonstration projects. As a reminder, demonstrations are limited to five-years with the option for the Council to seek permission to extend a demonstration beyond five years. In addition, data collection and analysis and sustainability planning should also be under way as well. We also recommend reviewing the regulatory requirements under 45 CFR 1326.30 (e)(f) .              

Federal Financial Reports
The SF-425’s are due annually by December 30th. Please review the official Notice of Award for information (typically found under “terms and conditions”). As a reminder, match documentation should be submitted as a separate document with details on how match was generated for each grant award year. If you need additional information, please check out the “Financial Information” webpage at for resources on how to fill out the SF425, information on match and match documentation, and other topics. WEBSITE UPDATES

  • 45 CFR 1386 - Regulations for Formula Grants Programs for the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Subpart C deals with Federal Assistance to State DD Councils.
  • 45 CFR 75 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Health and Human Services (HHS) Awards.  
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The most frequent disparity addressed by DD Councils is access to information, resources and services, including, but not limited to secondary education, assistive technology, health and employment. (ITACC Targeted Disparity Document)

Although DD Councils most frequent targeted disparity sub-population was recorded as Hispanic/Latino, the frameworks of community engagement are important for working with all unserved and underserved populations. DD Councils can use the bullets below as a guide for developing Culturally Competent Guiding Values & Principles regarding community engagement. The examples provided are from the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence. (NCCC)

  • Cultural competence extends the concept of self-determination to the community.*
  • Cultural competence involves working in conjunction with natural, informal support and helping networks within culturally diverse communities (e.g. neighborhood, civic and advocacy associations; local/neighborhood merchants and alliance groups; ethnic, social, and religious organizations; and spiritual leaders and healers).*
  • Communities determine their own needs.**
  • Community members are full partners in decision making.**
  • Communities should economically benefit from collaboration.**
  • Community engagement should result in the reciprocal transfer of knowledge and skills among all collaborators and partners.

For more information, review the NCCC checklists that support the implementation of policies and practices that embody the values and principles of community engagement listed above.

* Adapted from Cross, T. et al, 1989 / ** "Other Guiding Values and Principles for Community Engagement" and "Family & Consumers" are excerpts from the work of Taylor, T., & Brown, M., 1997, Georgetown University Child Development Center, (GUCDC) University Affiliated Program
DD Act Education & Resources
DD Council Membership –

There are several sections in the DD Act that address Council Membership.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Each State that receives assistance under this subtitle shall establish and maintain a Council to undertake advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities (consistent with subsections (b) and (c) of section 101) that contribute to a coordinated, consumer- and family-centered, consumer- and family-directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that contribute to the achievement of the purpose of this subtitle. Sec.125(a)

An ITACC resource was created to provide specific information with regard to...
  • voting
  • membership composition and
  • rotation

The resource includes ITACC notes to further explain some commonly asked questions by DD Councils.

Click on the document link below or visit the Staff Page/Information on Council Operations .
DATA "Nugget" - Employment Data
The Status and Outcomes of People with I/DD in Integrated Employment

“Employment First means that above all else, people with disabilities, people of all abilities, need to have a purpose in life . – John Fenley, People First of NH

52 DD Councils have employment as an area of focus in their current 5-Year State Plans. The NCI employment data brief provides updated information on integrated employment statistics. The information sheds light on how people with I/DD spend their days based on where they live.

In addition, the data explores the connection between the number of people who reported they want a paid community job versus how many have community employment listed in their Individual Service Plan. (See image on page 4)
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Just a couple of ways DD Councils may want to consider using this data brief…

>To inform and educate policymakers about the consistently low integrated employment outcomes for people with I/DD who receive services.

>To ensure employment is being addressed, advocate for policies and practices that incorporate integrated employment goals in the ISP.

>To educate policymakers on the following strategies to improve employment outcomes:
  • Development of Employment First Initiatives
  • Planning for Wrap-around supports
  • Prioritizing individual jobs over group-supported employment and Supporting career goals. (For more information, read pages 10-11) 

National Core Indicators (NCI) is a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities ( NASDDDS ) and the Human Services Research Institute ( HSRI ).  
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
DD Councils throughout the U.S. and territories celebrate NDEAM in many different ways. Click on the links below to learn more about how the Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is spreading its message about the importance of people with developmental disabilities in the workforce.

Governor’s Proclamation

Check out this web page for multiple examples of partnerships and initiatives resulting in improved employment outcomes for the people of Nevada.

Click on the image below to view the "How Hard is it to Find Work when You have a Disability?" video!
To reach NACDD/ITACC staff, please feel free to contact:

Sheryl Matney
Director of Technical Assistance 
(202) 506-5813 ext. 148,

Angela Castillo-Epps
Technical Assistance Specialist 
(202) 506-5813 ext. 100,