• 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

NASDDDS is pleased to announce the appointment of

Mary Sowers
Director of Special Projects

Mary comes to NASDDDS with considerable experience in public service systems serving individuals with disabilities. She served in senior positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and at the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration.

She has worked in positions with advocacy organizations including the Association for Community Living in Colorado and United Cerebral Palsy of Washington and Northern Virginia.

Most recently Mary has served as a Senior Consultant and Principal with Mercer Government Human Services Consulting.

Mary earned a BAAS from the University of Delaware and a Human Resources Generalist Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management and has received many awards from many advocacy and professional organizations.

As the Director of Special Projects, Mary will have a range of responsibilities related to research projects, policy analysis, and the provision of technical assistance. 

Mary will join the association on April 22.

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2014 Directors Forum
and Mid-Year Conference

Supporting People with Challenging Behaviors: Making Community Work for Individuals with Co-Occurring I/DD and Mental Illness

June 4 – 6, 2014
Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Reinventing Quality 2014

Ensuring Quality in Rapidly Changing Times

August 3-5, 2014
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland

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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 Announces Modifications to Quality Measures & Reporting Requirements in 1915 (c) HCBS Waivers

Modifications to section 1915(c) waiver quality assurance expectations are being posted today at: http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Waivers/Home-and-Community-Based-1915-c-Waivers.html.

These changes strengthen the oversight of…

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