The Department of Commerce supports people with developmental disabilities through the two organizations below.
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council
(DDC) is appointed by the Governor to plan comprehensive services for the State of Washington’s citizens with developmental disabilities. The Council educates and advises local, state and federal policy makers on disability systems issues.
DDC is a separate agency that is housed administratively within the Community Services Division of Commerce.
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund (DDETF) was created by the Legislature to help families and advocates save money for the life-long need that their loved ones with developmental disabilities have for supports, while protecting the public benefits that they are entitled to use.
DDETF is governed by a board and housed administratively within the Community Services Division of Commerce.