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Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Council on Developmental Disabilities is a Governor-appointed body of people with disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. First established by Governor Thomas Meskill in 1971, the CT Council is currently authorized and funded by the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. The CT Council receives a fixed amount of federal funds each year and maintains an office with 3 staff members. The CT Council engages in advocacy, capacity building and systems change activities on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities. The Council speaks out on issues; educates communities, policymakers and service providers; and funds initiatives designed to create opportunities for inclusion in community life, reduce dependence on government services and restore citizen control over programs.