DD Council Collaborations
Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training
Sharan Brown, J.D., Ed.D. is the UCEDD representative to Washington State’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC). The Washington State DDC meets four times a year in rotating locations around the state. The primary role of the DDC is to make public policy recommendations to the Governor and state policy makers on issues of importance to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families.
The Council is comprised of 33 members appointed by the Governor, at least 60 percent of whom must be individuals with ID/DD, parents or other family members, or guardians. Also serving on the Council are representatives of service providers and principal state agencies that provide funding to or services for individuals with ID/DD.
The UCEDD and the DDC collaborate to identify and work on issues facing individuals with ID/DD. These issues are addressed through policy recommendations as well as through advocating for further research, training, and services. Currently, the UCEDD is participating with the DDC in the Community of Practice: Supporting Families over the Life Course, a multi-year federal project exploring ways to improve the service delivery system to better meet the needs of the ID/DD community in the future. In addition, the UCEDD, DDC and Disability Rights Washington (AIDD network partners) have committed to the ongoing support the Allies in Advocacy initiative described below. These collaborations support UCEDD’s mission to work on systems change through collaborating with individuals with ID/DDs and advocacy groups.