What is the Developmental Disabilities Council?


The South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council was established in 1971 by Executive Order of the Governor and was reauthorized in 2010 and again in 2015. Not less than 60% of the total Council membership is consumers and family members. Additional members come from state agencies, DD Act partners and non-governmental organizations.

The Council is federally funded under the Developmental Disabilities Act. The Council engages in activities that contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family centered and directed, comprehensive system that includes needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


The mission of the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council is to provide leadership in planning, funding, and implementing initiatives that lead to improved quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change.

Funding Acknowledgment Statement:

This website and all publications, projects and programs are supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,143,720.00 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Council Meetings:

These meetings are being held consistent with FOIA and ADA requirements. Persons requiring accommodations should contact the DDC Office at 803.734.0465 in advance to make necessary arrangements for participation.

Council Members:

We are recruiting a potential new Council Member (Self-Advocate/Consumer position) to replace an individual who had to leave recently, as well as some vacancies that will open-up in September 2023. We will need three (3) individuals to join our group. We are first looking for individuals in the Midlands area (Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda) counties and (Aiken, Clarendon, Lee, Newberry) as well as one from the Pee Dee or Grand Strand/upper eastern areas of the state (Marion, Dillon, Horry or Florence Counties). Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, have an intellectual/developmental disability and should have some leadership and/or advocacy experience that will help them advocate for policy change and for other individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.Please contact Valarie Bishop Valarie.Bishop@admin.sc.gov if you have questions. Click Here for Application
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Click here to see a list of Council Members (updated May 23, 2022)

Five Year State Plan:

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State Plan 2022-2026

The State Plan can be provided in alternative format(s) upon request.

State Plan 2017-2021 (final approved November, 2016)

Previous Plans: