The DD Council's mission is to promote systems change to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families have the same opportunities as others in the community. We shall continue to work hard to amplify the voice of individuals with disabilities and their families, because, the decisions we make here in the CNMI have a significant impacton their lives. The Council accomplishes this mission by helping to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members play a vital role in the design of and access to quality delivery of services, supports and other assistance and opportunities.
The Council shall work to promote the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of those with developmental disabilities into the community. To achieve or fulfill this mission, the CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities shall invest in people and organization that are committed to serving people with developmental disabilities and their families CNMI wide.
The CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities was established in 1984. The Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities administers the CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities and all State Council on DD. It was created under a federal mandate and now an amendment to the Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Acts of 2000. The Governor appoints 25 qualified CNMI residents serving on the Council. Most are people with Developmental Disabilities and their family members. Others are representatives of agencies and groups that provide services to people with developmental disabilities.
We are men and women who are committed to improving the lives of hundreds of CNMI residents with disability. We are passionate and are focused on issues related to self-determination, education, employment, transportation, housing, recreation, healthcare and overall quality of life of people with developmental disabilities and their families.