Who We Are
About the UDDC
The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council is established by Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Utah in compliance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-402).
The purpose of the Council is to advocate for, and strengthen leadership skills in, individuals with disabilities and their families. In addition, the Council collaborates with the legislature, public and private agencies that serve individuals with disabilities to strengthen the service system. The focus of all the activities of the Council is to promote consumer and family directed services that increase self-determination in individuals with disabilities and their families.
“The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council supports and empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve inclusive, meaningful, and self-determined lives in their communities through its ongoing support of leadership, education, policy, and advocacy actions.”
A world where all people have what they need to get what they want from life.
Council Guiding Principles
- all people contribute to the woven fabric of society
- all people rely on and need the support of each other
- all people are accountable for their actions, including the right to risk success or failure
- all people are responsible to become a contributing member of their community
- all people are valuable and worthy of dignity and respect
- there is richness in diversity
- all people have the right to have their voices heard
UDDC raises public awareness about the abilities, contributions and concerns of Utahns with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
UDDC builds relationships with local and federal policymakers to advance inclusion and equity. We also provide support and training to help people advocate for themselves and the community.
UDDC utilizes the wisdom of lived experience to influence life-altering change, positve action, and to stimulate innovative initiatives.
UDDC transforms the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and training to empower advocates and develop community leaders.