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Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Proclamation of Beliefs and Guiding Principles


To provide leadership for a service system that is responsive to the needs of the people we support by creating opportunities and promoting possibilities for meeting those needs.

The Division of Developmental Disabilities Service's mission is aligned with the vision and the Department of Health and Social Service's mission to improve the quality of life for Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.


The people we serve live fulfilling lives.

The Division's vision and mission are supported by the Division's proclamation of beliefs and guiding principles.

Proclamation of Beliefs and Guiding Principles

The following Belief Statements and Guiding Principles guide the delivery of services provided by DDDS.

  • We Believe in a person's right to a lifestyle of choice and self-determination.
    • Guiding Principle One: Services shall empower and support personal decision making.
  • We Believe in a person's individuality. Each person has unique qualities which we recognize and value.
    • Guiding Principle Two:Services shall be person-centered; supporting each person to explore and assert his/her own individuality.
  • We Believe people with disabilities have the same rights as other citizens.
    • Guiding Principle Three:Services shall protect people's rights, and support people to exercise their rights.
  • We Believe people with disabilities are an integral part of their community. We believe a person with disabilities, and the community, both benefit when they engage each other.
    • Guiding Principle Four:Services shall support people to have meaningful roles in the community.
  • We Believe in a community where persons with disabilities feel included and can participate as they desire.
    • Guiding Principle Five:Services shall work to build the capacity of the community to accept and socially nourish people with disabilities.
  • We Believe in the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect.
    • Guiding Principle Six:Service recipients shall feel that they are a valued member of the team. Service supports shall be delivered in a manner that recognizes each person's humanity.
Last Updated: Wednesday February 02 2011
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