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ICDD Seeks Public Comment on 2022-2026 State Plan

​The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) is seeking public comment on the draft goals and objectives for its 2022-2026 State Plan. This is an opportunity for the public to provide input on the activities and policy work that we will conduct over the next five years. Anyone interested in disability issues in Illinois — including self-advocates, family members of people with developmental disabilities (DD), service providers, and others — can participate and share their ideas. The deadline to provide comments is March 29, 2021.


Every five years, DD Councils develop a state plan with public input and in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. The state plan guides our work in funding initiatives and engaging in public policy to help communities across Illinois build their capacity to support and include people with DD in all areas of life. The draft goals and objectives are the culmination of ICDD input session and survey feedback.  

ICDD, in collaboration with the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) at the University of Illinois Chicago, hosted 9 virtual input sessions reserved for specific target groups:

1. ICDD Grantees 
2. Going Home Coalition 
3. Trade Associations
4. DHS Senior Leadership
5. Centers for Independent Living
6. School Districts (Special Education)
7. Self-Advocates
8. Provider Agencies
9. IL Partners in Policymaking

Participants received an overview of ICDD and provided input guided by designated questions.  The input received from the input sessions and the survey informed ICDD's decisions in developing the focus and language of the draft goals and objectives for the state plan. After receiving comments, ICDD will review and approve the final versions of the goals and objectives. ICDD is looking closely at Illinois and the needs of every person with a developmental disability to be able to live a healthy and happy life in their community. 


You can provide comments on the draft goals and objectives by completing our online public comment form. When providing comments, you can respond to just one goal or objective, you can respond to several of them, or all of them.  Your feedback is important to us.

Here are a few questions to consider for each goal and objective:

1. How do the issues in the goal or objective impact your daily life?
2. Is there an issue in the goal or objective that you would like to see prioritized over other issues?
3. Is there an issue that is missing from these goals and objectives?

Public comments on the state plan are anonymous, and individual responses will not be shared publicly. The deadline to provide comments is March 29, 2021.