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Pierce County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
The Pierce County Developmental Disabilities Board assists and advises Pierce County Community Connections on services to individuals with developmental disabilities, the development of the Five-Year Plan, agency operations conducted under the Plan, including the selection of the Developmental Disabilities Coordinator, evaluation of ongoing programs, and the selection of contractors. Board members have a responsibility to receive and provide information related to Board activities involving stakeholders, such as parents, individuals with disabilities, agency staff, and other interested community members. The Board serves as an advocacy body to promote the interest of persons with developmental disabilities residing in Pierce County. It is the mission of the Pierce County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board to influence the quality of supports to individuals with developmental disabilities to respect personal choice and diversity, ensure fundamental human rights and optimize individual strengths. We believe that holistic approaches to supports and services is vital; ideas, priorities, and solutions must be developed at the community level; services must be responsive, flexible, and tailored to meet changing needs throughout an individuals life; services must be barrier-free and accessible; every person in the community can make a contribution; every person must be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity; diversity enriches our community, and we must build upon this strength; each person's unique cultural, spiritual, and developmental needs must be respected; responsibility is shared in partnership with the community; an attitude of cooperation and collaboration must be demonstrated; services must be efficiently operated and proven effective for those served; and we are advocates for needed change.