Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

6/27/2022 Start a career in Supported Living: Watch the video and find a program near you to apply today!

6/24/22 Join our Community Residential Team at DDA! State of Washington Job Opportunities | Sorted by Relevance ascending | Work that Matters (

6/13/2022 Inside Olympia -- DSHS Secretary Jilma Meneses - TVW

6/13/2022 Informing Families Spring 2022 Newsletter: This Spring, we have reason to be hopeful as COVID restrictions lift and we are able to fully engage with the world. We have just come off a monumental legislative session that promises more resources and services to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

As we move forward, we will be welcoming new people and new ideas that will inspire new ways to reform the system in future. However, no matter the change, the one constant is all of you. Informing Families exists to give you information to have more power of over your lives and future.

As you read this newsletter and use resources provided by this project, please know we want to hear from you. We want your stories. We want to know what information is meaningful to you. We want to know how to make this resource an essential part of your lives as you work to advocate for yourselves and your families.

6/13/2022 - Affordable Connectivity ProgramThe Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices.

6/13/2022 - FY 2021 DDA Quality Assurance report

5/27/2022 - Portable Air Conditioning Units: DDA clients living in an in-home setting may be able to obtain a portable air conditioning unit through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).



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What We Do

The Developmental Disabilities Administration is transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. The 2021-2023 Strategic Plan describes our work and expected outcomes to accomplish the mission.  

People with developmental disabilities and their families are valued citizens of the state of Washington. The Developmental Disabilities Administration strives to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community. The Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values encompasses our vision and values for inclusive communities.

For more information about our programs and services, see the 2021 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.

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Our Mission and Values

  • Mission: Transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want.
  • Vision: Support individuals by continually improving and individualizing supports, building support plans based on needs, and engaging individuals and families.
  • Values: Respect, Person-Centered Service Respect, Person- Centered Service Planning, Community Participation.
  • Guiding Values: Inclusion, Status and Contribution, Relationships Power and Choice, Health and Safety, Competence.
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