Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

Individual and Family Services (IFS) waiver renewal application is available for 30 days of public comment. View Waiver Renewal information.

Community Guide/Community Engagement/Peer Mentor Training: Do you have skills that could help someone lead a meaningful life? Learn how you can use them to support people diagnosed with disabilities. Registration information is below.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. Help celebrate and educate! Watch the new video from Informing Families, What Makes You Happy? Share stories, photos, and videos that expand the conversation of inclusion and disability on your social media channels using #DDawareness19. Search social media for #DDawareness18 and like, comment on, share, and retweet the posts from others.

A new Care Provider Bulletin on Life Sustaining Equipment has been released. More DDA Care Provider Bulletins.

2018 Legislative Report: Overnight Adult Planned Respite

DDA 2019-2021 Strategic Plan released.

Updated DDA Fact Sheets are now available.

2018 Legislative Report: Enhanced Respite Services for Children

More DDA News, Updates and Messages

What We Do

The DDA Mission: Transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. Read more about the 2019-2021 DDA strategic plan.

The DDA Vision:

  • Supporting individuals to live in, contribute to, and participate in their communities;
  • Continually improving supports to families of both children and adults;
  • Individualizing supports that will empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their greatest potential;
  • Building support plans based on the needs and the strengths of the individual and the family; and
  • Engaging individuals, families, local service providers, communities, governmental partners and other stakeholders to continually improve our system of supports. 

DDA Values:

  • Respect gained through positive recognition of the importance of all individuals;
  • Person-Centered Planning to support each person to reach his or her full potential;
  • Partnerships between DDA and clients, families and providers in order to develop and sustain supports and services that are needed and desired;
  • Community Participation by empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to be part of the workforce contributing members of society.

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 Residential and County Guidelines documents were used as the basis to create this single Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values document.

2018 DDA Caseload and Cost Report

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