The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is launching a multi-year campaign aimed at assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in creating a fully inclusive communities, educational environments, and employment opportunities.
“Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to be full and active members in their community, and to be valued as equals to all residents,” said Vendella Collins, executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Council. “This new Inclusion campaign shows that every person has a role in creating a fully inclusive society – it starts with opening your mind and inviting individuals to participate.”
As of 2017, only 19 percent of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are employed in the state so the initial campaign focuses on building inclusive communities through employment opportunities
The Developmental Disabilities Council is an advocacy organization that helps people with developmental and intellectual disabilities with opportunities and is part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.