About NASDDDS

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) represents the nation's agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. NASDDDS promotes visionary leadership, systems innovation, and the development of national policies that support home and community-based services for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Association Goal

The association's goal is to promote and assist state agencies in developing effective, efficient service delivery systems that furnish high-quality supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In pursuit of this goal, NASDDDS strives to provide member state agencies with timely analyses of federal statutory and regulatory policies that affect people with disabilities; disseminate cutting edge information on state-of-the-art programs and service delivery practices; provide technical assistance and support to member states; and offer a forum for the development of state and national policy initiatives.

Mission Statement

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.

Guiding Principles

The association's goal is to promote and assist states in developing effective, efficient service delivery systems that furnish high-quality services and supports to people with lifelong developmental disabilities. State service systems should be based on the principle that people with developmental disabilities have a right to:

  • be treated with respect and dignity;
  • be independent and make individual choices;
  • participate in family, community, and work life;
  • have opportunities to maximize their full potential; and
  • receive outcome-based services and supports.