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Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities


​Empowerment through Self-Advocacy

CCDD empowers Self-Advocates with training, awareness activities, and networking. By empowering persons with developmental disabilities and their families to both advocate for themselves and seek long-term solutions through systems change, CCDD creates an environment of self-sufficiency, self-determination, inclusion, and acceptance.

Current Self Advocate Initiatives

Unpuzzling Disability: Self-Advocates Redefining Leadership

On July 23, UK's Human Development Institute, along with the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, KY Protection and Advocacy, and Autistics United of Kentucky, presented an unconference on leadership for self-advocates at the Clarion in Lexington.

The event was attended by 65 people, the majority of whom were self-advocates. Participants from across the state created sessions on topics that include healthcare, guardianship, burnout, and the economic disempowerment of people with disabilities. Teens and young adults conducted their own session on strategies for promoting better understanding of people with disabilities. Two artists displayed art by people with disabilities and invited participants to imagine the shape of leadership. At the final wrap-up session, two advocates with decades of experience emphasized the importance of not letting these conversations end here.

If you are interested in future events, please contact Nicole Maher- or 502-226-0784