Council Positions

The Council develops policy position statements and papers on our areas of emphasis and regarding current issues being considered by policymakers.  These positions are based on the Council’s core values of independence, self-determination, productivity, integration, and inclusion of all Louisiana citizens with developmental disabilities.
 
These following position statements and papers are available to print and use in advocating for improved services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
 

Inclusion

The Council supports the full inclusion of people with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, in all facets of community life - where they live, learn, work, and play - so they are free to experience life and pursue happiness and meaningful relationships.
 
Inclusion of People with Disabilities  Updated April, 2016
 

Education and Early Intervention

The Council believes that people with developmental disabilities should be supported in reaching their full developmental and educational potential.  All infants and young children with developmental disabilities should have access to early intervention services and supports.  All students should have access to appropriate and inclusive education.
 
Inclusive Education Updated April, 2016
DD Council's Education Recommendations and Collaborative Action Plan- Developed January 22, 2015
 

Employment

The Council believes that people with developmental disabilities deserve the opportunity to contribute in their communities.  They should have the opportunity and support needed to gain and maintain integrated, competitive employment that is consistent with their interests, abilities, and needs.
 
Employment of People with Developmental Disabilities Updated April, 2016
DD Council’s Recommendations and Collaborative Action Plan for Employment- Developed July 29, 2015
 

Community Living and Self-Determination

Self-determination of People with Developmental Disabilities Updated April, 2016
 

Child Care

The Council believes that children with developmental disabilities and their families benefit from a range of inclusive, flexible childcare options.
 
DD Council’s Child Care Recommendations and Collaborative Action Plan Developed October 16, 2014
DD Council’s Letter to DHH with Child Care Recommendations October 27, 2014
DD Council's Letter to LDOE with Child Care Recommendations October 27, 2014
LDOE's Response to DD Council's Child Care Recommendations November 3, 2014
 

Health

The Council believes that people with developmental disabilities have the right to live healthy lives and to benefit from the full range of needed health services.
 
Health Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Updated April, 2016 
 

Recreation

The Council believes that all people benefit from inclusive recreational, leisure, and social activities consistent with their interests and abilities.
 

Transportation

The Council believes that people with developmental disabilities should have access to a full range of transportation options to get to work and school and to meet their personal and medical needs.
 

Community Supports

The Council believes that people with developmental disabilities should have the supports and services needed to live and to thrive in their own homes and communities.
 
Community Support for People with Developmental Disabilities Updated April, 2016
DD Council’s Recommendations and Collaborative Action Plan on Community Supports Developed April 30, 2015
 

Housing

The Council believes that people with developmental disabilities have the right to accessible, affordable, and safe housing. Adults should have the right to choose with whom and where in the community they live.
 

Quality Assurance

The Council believes that all people with developmental disabilities should receive quality services to support a high quality of life.  People with developmental disabilities and their families should be provided with the information and skills to support a life that is free of abuse, neglect, financial and sexual exploitation, and violations of their human and legal rights.
 
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