2021 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day

Make Your Voice Be Heard! Join the Florida Developmental Council as we advocate for the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

MARCH 30, 2021


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2021 is a virtual event held on March 30, 2021 and is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. Please complete the registration form below to reserve your spot!

Attendee Registration


About the Idelio Award

Idelio Valdes was a self-advocate who had a tremendous impact on the people around him and the community in which he lived and worked. His life’s journey included many ups and downs but he always stayed the course to self-realization, commitment to service and a belief that he and others with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be included in the community. His demonstrated advocacy activities, his belief in building partnerships, his initiative in challenging the status quo and his enthusiasm for life and its possibilities endeared him to all who were fortunate enough to know him. This award is dedicated to his memory.

Award timeline:

Call for Nominations – 1/19/2021
Deadline for Submitting Online – 3/5/2021 – 5 p.m.
Recipient Notified – 3/12/2021
Virtual Presentation of Award – 3/29/2021

Award Criteria
The Self-Advocate Chosen for this Award will be Selected Based on the Following Criteria:
  • The individual has a developmental disability.
  • Within the last two years, the individual has demonstrated advocacy activities in keeping with the spirit of Idelio Valdes and has acted as an advocate for themselves and others.
  • Within the last two years, the individual has worked to develop community partnerships.
  • Within the last two years, the individual has enthusiastically embraced the community and worked with groups, encouraging others to do so by example.
While membership in a self-advocacy group is not required, membership is regarded as a plus in the selection process.
  • Nomination Questions:

    Please be as specific as possible when answering the following questions. Please limit your responses to actions that occurred during the past two years.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    If applicable, upload supporting documents for your nominations. (File types allowed include Microsoft Word or PDF and the maximum file size is 25MB.)
  • Please limit your responses to a maximum of five pages, including the Nomination Form. For additional information or to submit form contact margaretd@fddc.org.

Thank You For Attending DD Day 2021

Thank you for attending our virtual event. We hope your visits to each of the Virtual Exhibitor Booths will provide you with information on the services they provide. Please use this form to share your feedback.

Need assistance? Contact Us.

(850) 488-4180