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The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) is dedicated to leading change in Illinois so that all people with developmental disabilities are able to exercise their rights to freedom and equal opportunity. The Council's work is carried out across the state through a network of advocates that educates the public on systems issues while encouraging change. ICDD continues to listen to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by investing in new programs to improve the delivery of services and supports they deserve.

The Council focuses on a wide range of programs to help improve the opportunities people with developmental disabilities in our state are afforded, including education, employment, transportation, community living, and health care. Just as importantly, ICDD works to build the capabilities of individuals, families and communities, enabling each to become more self-sufficient through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (the DD Act).

ICDD programs are developed in direct response to the concerns and ideas voiced by consumers, families, service providers, policy-makers and other professionals. By listening to these collective voices, the Council is taking the critical steps toward a dialogue for change in how Illinois regards and addresses its citizens with developmental disabilities.

Sheila T. Romano, Ed.D.






Click the link below to learn more about how community integration for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities makes sense.

Community Integration Makes Sensre

ICDD Releases New Report

Illinois at the Tipping Point - Blueprint for Redesign in Illinois Update

In 2007, ICDD awarded a grant to the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to review the state’s system for delivering services to people with developmental disabilities.  The result was the Blueprint for System Redesign in Illinois.

Recently, ICDD asked HSRI to update the report and offer any new recommendations. The new report was released in May 2012. Click here to review the report Illinois At the Tipping Point - Blueprint for Redesign in Illinois Update.

Click here for a PowerPoint presentation about the the report.

Consumer Involvement Fund

ICDD provides grant funding for the Consumer Involvement Fund to the Arc of Illinois. For more information, click here.


What's New


Chicago ADA Celebration!
25 years ofn the ADA
July 21, 2015

For more information click here.


Click here for a copy of the report.


A recommendation of the Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force (established by legislation in 2009) is for Illinois to become an Employment First state.  Employment First simply means employment in the community would be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois.  To enact that recommendation, the Task Force held an invitation-only Summit on January 31, 2012 with ICDD support.  The summit included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, disability professionals, and educators.

The Employment First Summit Report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discusses at the summit into reality.  The Executive Summary contains a summary of the recommendations developed as a result of the summit.  The Full Report contains much greater detail on these recommendations, along with extensive documentation of the proceedings, links to a wide variety of resources within the text, and an extensive series of resources in the appendix.

A Better Bottom Line:  Employing People with Disabilities is an initiative of the National Governor’s Association and Illinois’ Governor’s Office has committed to the Taskforce to keep it and Illinois informed as this national initiative unfolds.   Change on many fronts will be needed to make Illinois an Employment First state.  Interest in seeing people with disabilities employed by our Governor is a welcome validation of what the Task Force envisions for Illinois.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Offers Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with Functional and Access Needs. Click here for a copy of the press release with additional information.