School of Social Work Building


A message from Chris Egan:

The Developmental Disabilities Training Institute's Silver Anniversary (plus 1)!

DDTI was formed in 1963 with a mission to promote community based supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Today we continue that mission by emphasizing quality of life outcomes and supports. Our vision is grounded in the recognition that ALL people have worth and value, and that our communities are stronger when everyone is included and supported to contribute.

In looking back, sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. George Baroff, DDTI's first Director; Ray Newnam, former Assistant Director; and Tony Dalton, who became Director following Dr. Baroff. Each committed an entire career to fostering innovative improvements in services, supports, and perspectives about disabilities. Thanks also to the staff of DDTI who, over the years, provided their commitment and talents in promoting the efforts of the Institute. The combined efforts of all associated with DDTI led to significant statewide impact for people with disabilities, their families, and those in support roles through the training and technical assistance offered by DDTI, and continues to shape our vision and work, today.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed DDTI, originally locating DDTI with the continuing education arm of the University (now, the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education), until 2006. In 2006, DDTI found a new home and partner in the UNC School of Social Work within the Jordan Institute for Families – an excellent move allowing DDTI to form partnerships and expand the range of our work in accordance with the UNC's mission of research, teaching, and service.

In closing – thanks to all of you! Your interest and commitment to continue to learn and to challenge yourselves to be more innovative and effective in providing supports is resulting in a wider range of opportunities for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

DDTI achieves its mission through a strong commitment to its values of…

  • Self-determination
  • Person-centeredness
  • Capacity building
  • Collaboration and networking
  • Leadership
  • Teaching and learning
  • Understanding of the need for change and growth
  • Research and evaluation
  • Accessibility
  • Knowledge