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The Council's sub-committees reflect our charge to create system change via advocacy in policy and innovative grant-making.  The Council is led by a  2017 - 2021 Five Year Plan including three goals and respective objectives contained in the Plan. All of our work is based on inclusion and participation in ordinary life by individuals who have not historically been included, be it in schools, recreation, work, or living situations.  

Committees currently in place are: Executive, Legislative and Public Policy, and Planning and Grants. The committees' chairpersons are Council members, but community members are invited and welcomed to join a committee.

Call or email the Council office if you are interested in joining one of the Council's committees.

Phone: 720-941-0176 Fax: 720-941-8490


Committees of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council


Committee Meetings Listed Below 

Executive Committee
Held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Council offices, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  The committee is comprised of the Chairpersons of each of the other two committees and elected positions of Chair and Vice-Chair as well as two at large positions.

Shannon Secrest - Chairperson
Jeanette Cordova - Vice-Chairperson
Melissa Mannix

Hal Wright

Robert Buzogany

Patricia Henke 



Legislative and Public Policy Committee
During the months the legislature is not in session, the Legislative and Public Policy Committee will meet monthly on the third Tuesdays of each month, from June to December.

During the legislative session the Committee meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Council offices unless otherwise noted.

Chair:  Hal Wright 





Planning and Grants Committee

The Planning and Grants Committee meets every first Monday of the Month from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Council offices.

Chair:  Melissa Mannix  




Ad Hoc CO-CANDO Committee

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council created its ad hoc Autism Committee on September 22, 2010, in response to a Senate Joint Resolution (SJR10-027) and a recommendation from its Legislative & Public Policy Committee that the Council oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Colorado Autism Commission. The committee has been renamed as CO-CANDO (Colorado Collaborative for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Options). The CANDO website offers current information about CO-CANDO, its work and outcomes.

Jeanette Cordova

Sandra Friedman