NCCDD Awarding Process

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities is authorized to advise on behalf of, and advocate for, persons with developmental disabilities under both federal and state law. Under federal law, the "Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act" (P.L. 106-402), the Council is mandated to provide assistance to the state and to public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations to "contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family-centered, consumer and family-directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life." 

It realizes its mandate to serve as a systems advocate for all persons with developmental disabilities by carrying out "areas of emphasis." Areas of emphasis include, among others: advocating for public policy change and community acceptance for all persons with developmental disabilities and their families with federal, state, and local policymakers; conducting studies and analyses; demonstrating new ways to enhance Council meetingindependence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community; outreach; training; prevention activities; enhancing systems design; eliminating barriers to access and eligibility for services; and enhancing individual, family, and citizen participation and involvement in all aspects of service delivery.

Under State law, G.S. 143B-177 through 179, the Council on Developmental Disabilities serves to advise the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources regarding the development and implementation of the state plan for developmental disabilities as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (P.L. 106-402) and to advise the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources regarding the coordination of planning and service delivery of all state-funded programs which provide services to persons with developmental disabilities.

Meetings are held approximately four times a year, usually in Raleigh. Interested persons may call the DD Council office to request to speak at meetings. Presentations are usually limited to agenda items and there is no official time set for presentations.

Public hearings are held periodically for development of, and amendment to, the DD Five Year State Plan. If you would like more information about how the Council distributes its funds, including application procedures, please send an e-mail to JoAnn Toomey at or call her at (919) 850-2901 (voice/tdd).