I am pleased to announce that our agency's name will be changed to the Department of Developmental Services as of June 30, 2009.

For the past several years, self advocates, families, legislators, and state and provider staff have worked hard to make this change happen. Our new name reflects the positive changes in language and expectations about the people with disabilities and recognizes the importance of a more inclusive framework for services and supports to individuals and their families served by our agency. The Department and our Statewide Advisory Council will kick off the name change celebration at the March 30th annual State House event. In the following months, the Department's facilities, regional and area offices will be holding celebrations locally. Thank you for your support and I hope you will find the time to join us in our celebrations.

This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.