DD Council Collaborations
Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training
Sharan Brown, J.D., Ed.D is the representative of the UCEDD to Washington's Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC). The Washington State DDC meets every two months in rotating locations around the state. The primary role is to make public policy recommendations to the Governor and policy makers.
The Council comprises 33 members appointed by the Governor; at least 60 percent of whom must be individuals with developmental disabilities (DDs), parents or other family members, or guardians. Also on the Council are representatives of service providers and principal state agencies that provide funding or services for individuals with DDs.
The UCEDD and the DDC collaborate to identify and work on issues facing individuals with DD. These issues are addressed through policy recommendations as well as through advocating for further research, training, and services. Currently, the DDC and the UCEDD are part of an on-going community discussion exploring ways to improve the service delivery system to better meet the needs of the DD community. This relationship supports CHDD's mission to work on systems change through collaborating with individuals with DDs and advocacy groups.