The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to direct their lives and services. This means they:
- Are in control of their own lives.
- Make decisions about the services and supports they get, with help if they want it.
The DDA wants everyone to be able to live, love, learn, work, play in the community, and go after their hopes, dreams and goals. The DDA wants people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to have the support they need and want to make this happen.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and other community members help the DDA with this work. This supports people to receive services based on what they need to reach their goals. The DDA believes supports and services must be person-centered, flexible and focused on the needs and choices of each person and family.
There are two models of service delivery: the self-directed model and the traditional model. No matter what service option you are in, Coordinators of Community Services and DDA Advocacy Specialists are available to help you plan.