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Our Mission

“To ensure the opportunity to make choices regarding participation in society and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.”

The purpose of the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is to support people of all ages with developmental disabilities so they have the opportunity to make choices regarding both their participation in society and their quality of life.

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities Five-Year State Plan was developed by relying on extensive public input and the expertise of Council members, staff and allied state agencies and nonprofit organizations. The 2017-2021 Goals and Objectives include advocacy, employment, education, quality assurance and systems change and were submitted to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) to be approved and adopted by the Council which included the following:


KCDD will strengthen a program for the direct funding of a statewide self-advocacy organization led by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to increase the advocacy capacity of self-advocates in the areas of independence, self-determination and inclusion in the community.


  1. Increased the number of self-advocates who have participated in leadership training so they can engage in personal, collaborative and civic leadership.
  2. Work collaboratively to increase the number of individuals with I/DD active in public policy, advocacy, cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership activities.
  3. Work collaboratively to increase the use of best practices research, resources and self- advocacy tools and information for self-advocates, their families and support networks.


By 2021, Kansans with I/DD will have increased opportunities to engage in competitive integrated employment.


  1. KCDD will provide Kansans with I/DD, their families, employers, providers and employment support staff with meaningful information about competitive integrated employment.
  2. Kansans with I/DD will have increased resources for formal and informal long-term supports for competitive integrated employment.
  3. KCDD will partner with the community to provide Southwestern Kansans with I/DD and their families whose native language is Spanish, with meaningful information and services to break down barriers to competitive integrated employment.


People with I/DD will have support networks and educational opportunities that promote independent choices throughout their lifespan.


  1. By 2021, Kansans with I/DD, their families, teachers and support networks, through collaboration with state agencies and organizations, will receive education and training on availability and access to resources, including lifespan transitions. (i.e., beyond high school, not limited to employment transition services).

Quality Assurance

By 2021, KCDD will provide Kansans with I/DD, their families and support networks with advocacy and training on how to better access and implement adequate, effective, person-centered supports and services.


  1. KCDD will work collaboratively with state agencies and other organizations to provide training, support and resources in the areas of quality assurance for individuals with I/DD, their families and support networks.
  2. KCDD will work with state government, agencies and other organizations to facilitate and encourage the development and implementation of a coordinated investigatory, reporting and response system to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation (ANE) of persons with I/DD.

Systems Change

KCDD will assist state agencies to improve the services and supports available for families and individuals with I/DD, including:

  1. Compliance with the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule for community integration
  2. Managed Care 2.0 to include employment outcomes.
  3. Development of a new assessment tool to assist with eligibility and ensure that the right service is being provided.
  4. Supporting families across the lifespan.
  5. Improving the use of person-centered planning tools in the State.

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Five Year State Plan

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