Welcome to SCDD

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

Consumers know best what supports and services they need to live independently and to actively participate in their communities. Through advocacy, capacity building and systemic change, SCDD works to achieve a consumer and family-based system of individualized services, supports, and other assistance.

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Council Members

The Governor appoints the Council’s 31 members. Some are appointed because they are self or family advocates, some by virtue of their position in state government, and some as representatives of other organizations involved in the developmental disability services system.



Council Activities

SCDD staff throughout California are busy with thousands of activities and projects. Here are just a few of them:

Great people wanted

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is always looking for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) – and their family members – to provide leadership and input about important supports, services and programs. You can serve the I/DD community by applying to become a member of the:

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
Regional Advisory Committees (RAC)
Local Self-Determination Advisory Committees (Local SDAC)

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3831 North Freeway Blvd. #125
Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 263-7919
Toll Free: (833) 818-9886
Fax (1): (916) 263-7969
Fax (2): (916) 263-7963

Gavin Newsom

Office of Governor

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Executive Director Aaron Carruthers presenting behind a podium.

Aaron Carruthers

Executive Director

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