The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) is an independent, self-governing organization dedicated to advancing the inclusion of Marylanders with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The Council is 100% federally funded. Council members are appointed by the governor and are similar to a board of directors in that they establish the priorities of the Council and help guide the Council’s work. Council members include people with developmental disabilities, family members, local and non-profit organizations, state agency representatives, and representatives of Disability Rights Maryland and the Maryland Center on Developmental Disabilities. The majority of Council members are people with developmental disabilities and family members. The Council is in a unique position to bring together people with diverse perspectives, experiences and knowledge in meaningful partnerships. This work is led and supported by a staff of five. Council meetings are open to the public.