The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1964, to improve and expand public services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
For Outstanding Leadership in Promoting the
Employment of People with Developmental Disabilities...
Jane Gallivan, President of the NASDDDS Board of Directors, presents the Honorable Jack A. Markell, Governor of Delaware with the Ben Censoni Award for Excellence in Public Service at the 2013 Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, November 14, 2013.
Governor Markell's employment initiative, launched during his Chairmanship of the National Governor's Association, produced "A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities," a publication which has inspired and challenged governors, federal and state agencies and national leaders to increase their efforts to provide people with disabilities with the opportunity to work and for the community to "take advantage of the valuable skills possessed by this population."
person-centered systems of services and supports for people with developmental
disabilities and their families
The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of a number of key events that have had a positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In October 1963 Congress adopted the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Amendments (P.L. 88-156) and the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act (PL 88-164) which provided a foundation for our service systems. In the same month, October 1963, after several months of planning, the National Association of Coordinators of State Programs for the Mentally Retarded, the forerunner of NASDDDS, formally adopted articles of incorporation and bylaws. The association was then officially incorporated in January 1964. NASDDDS is 50 years old!
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