ITACC (Information and Technical Assistance Center for Councils on Developmental Disabilities) is a federally funded training and technical assistance project which is overseen by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). Section 129(b) of PL 106-402 provides that funding be made available to provide technical assistance to entities funded under the DD Act (PL 106-402). ITACC is the entity providing technical assistance to Councils on Developmental Disabilities.
About DD Councils
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities are funded through formula grants authorized under Subtitle B of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). DD Councils are uniquely composed of individuals with developmental disabilities, parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities, representatives of State agencies that administer funds under Federal laws related to individuals with disabilities, and local and nongovernmental agencies. Members of a DD Council are appointed by a State’s governor.
DD Councils pursue systems change, advocacy, and capacity building to promote independence, self-determination, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. DD Councils utilize strategies such as training, educating policy makers and communities, coalition development, barrier elimination, and demonstration of new approaches to service. These strategies are incorporated into a five-year State Plan that includes, and is based on, a comprehensive review and analysis of services, supports, and other assistance in the state or territory available to individuals with developmental disabilities.
There are 56 State Councils on Developmental Disabilities in the 50 states, the US Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas, and American Samoa. DD Councils are expected to work collaboratively with other entities funded within the state or territory under the DD Act, including the Protection and Advocacy systems, and the UCEDDs.
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is the national membership organization for the DD Councils. NACDD received the award to provide technical assistance to Councils on Developmental Disabilities through a federal grant from the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).
The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), formerly the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories. AIDD has 4 operating divisions: the Office of the Commissioner, the Office of Program Support, the Office of Innovation, and The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Project officers within the Office of Program Support work directly with ITACC to support the DD Councils. For Program Specialist Assignments by Region, click here.
DD Network Collaboration
The DD Act identifies 3 entities to meet the purpose of the Act. The 3 entities are known as the ‘DD Network’ and include: the State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils), Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&A’s) and University Centers of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). These three entities are located in each state and territory. Each entity has unique roles in meeting the purpose of the DD Act; however, in accordance with the DD Act they are complementary to each other and must “collaborate with each other to achieve the purpose of this title and the policy” (Sec. 104(a)(3)(D) of the DD Act).