Mission and Guiding Principles


The mission of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is to create change so that all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives.

Guiding Principles

All Council activities should be in alignment with the mission statement and demonstrate:

  • commitment to self-determination for individuals with disabilities and their families;
  • effort to ensure that people from diverse cultures and disabilities are represented in all activities;
  • best practices in the development and provision of services and supports, including an emphasis on measurable goals; and
  • collaboration between the Council, grantees, advocacy organizations and other groups including non-traditional partners in activities that are consistent with the mission.