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.
COVID-19 Resources in Plain Language
These PowerPoint slides were presented during the State Council on Developmental Disabilities’ COVID-19 Vaccine Community Input Sessions in December 2020. Attendees had the opportunity to directly share feedback and concerns regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. SCDD’s Executive Director, Aaron Carruthers, is a member of the newly established Community Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC).
COVID-19 Information and How to Stay Healthy
Self-Advocates and Family Advocates Q&A
Safety Tips Videos from Self-Advocates
Creating Community (Activity Ideas and Supporting Someone During Times of Change)
Face masks are important for preventing the spread of COVID-19. As schools reopen for in-person instruction, wearing a face mask will be a priority for keeping all students safe. SCDD wants everyone to remember that some students with intellectual and developmental disabilities cannot wear a face mask and that according to the official health guidance for schools, they cannot be excluded from in-person learning.
The guidance says that “All students (kindergarten through 12th grade) are required to wear face coverings at all times while at school, unless exempted.” These people do not have to wear face covering at all times:
- Persons younger than two years old. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Such conditions are rare.
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
SCDD wants to see all of California’s students back in school and safe. Let’s work together to make sure that every student will have the equal opportunity to stay safe and in school. You can read the full Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx.
Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Checks), Employment, Food, and Fraud
Información de COVID-19 por y para Personas con Discapacidades (Green Mountain Self-Advocates)
Consejos de seguridad de COVID-19 de auto-defensores en español
Episodio 1 – Cómo mantenerse saludable: https://youtu.be/ZeYXu9–FsQ
Episodio 2 – Lo que debo hacer si creo que estoy enfermo: https://youtu.be/40iBc9qNx6w
Episodio 3 – Lo que debo hacer si estoy enfermo: https://youtu.be/1giIp8QjJCo
Episodio 4 – Lo que debo hacer si mi familiar o persona que me cuida se enferma: https://youtu.be/3RhvpRrLXok
Mandarin and Vietnamese
Mandarin: Plain Language Information By and For People with Disabilities (Green Mountain Self-Advocates)
Vietnamese: Plain Language Information By and For People with Disabilities (Green Mountain Self-Advocates)
Other Helpful Websites
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Emergency Preparedness Basics: youtu.be/pLWnSmYFy64
Watch this interview by CBS San Francisco about two young women of “Young Inquisitive Minds” who are offering STEM classes to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Central Coast Regional Office Manager David Grady helped connect them to resources and opportunities to serve.