• Driving Innovation in Public 
    Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    The NASDDDS mission is to assist member state agencies in building person-centered systems of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 


  • Helping States Improve Quality

    National Core Indicators (NCI) facilitates the sharing of information with the public to strengthen policy, improve quality, and compare performance with national norms. 


  • Helping States Increase Employment

    When people work in their communities and earn good wages, opportunities multiply. Jobs provide people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to earn an income, build a nest egg, make friends, and increase self-confidence.


  • Helping States Broaden Supports to Families

    Stronger supports for families leads to better lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


NASDDDS 50 years of Leadership and Support to States 1964-2014

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services is celebrating 50 Years of Outstanding Leadership and Support to States.  |  Learn More

NASDDDS Announcements

Registration Now Available...

Directors Forum & Annual Conference

November 12-14, 2014
The Westin Alexandria Hotel
400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia

Understanding Our History, Reflecting on Today, and
Launching into the Future

NASDDDS was founded 50 years ago!

From the times of isolation and institutionalization to self-determination, employment and supporting families, NASDDDS has been a leader in public policy and a catalyst is improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

As the next years unfold, new realities will shape the future. People with I/DD and their families will continue to drive how publicly funded should operate and their expectations will not be predicated on the service models of today. The demographics of the country are rapidly changing Technology is changing in ways that can support people to have good lives in the community. Social networks are speeding up communication. Innovation will be expected.

Please join us as we review our history, take a moment to reflect on today and launch into the future.

State News Briefs

South Dakota Task Force Releases Final Report for Employing People with Disabilities

The South Dakota Governor's Employment Works Task Force, a result of Governor Dennis Daugaard's Employment Works Initiative, recently released its final report with recommendations for employing South Dakotans with disabilities.

Governor Daugaard announced his…

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Federal News Briefs

CMS Releases HCBS Transition Plan Guidance

On Friday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest iteration of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) Home and Community Based Services Toolkit, which is designed to assist states in preparing to submit their Statewide Transition…

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