The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights, also known as the DD Act. This important piece of legislation was created to support and enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The purpose of the DD 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 …”
In 2000 Congress added Title II, Families of Children with Disabilities Support Act, to promote and strengthen implementation of comprehensive state systems of support services for family members providing care.
For more information about the DD Act, visit: http://www.acl.gov/Programs/AIDD/DD_History/index.aspx