Our Story

The Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities (AADD) was founded over 30 years ago, to unify the voice of providers to share, develop and advocate for individualized community based services for people who experience developmental disabilities. AADD is the largest network of agencies serving the community members who experience developmental disabilities in Alaska. We have formed strategic alliances between providers, national associations, the State of Alaska, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the people we serve and their communities.

Commitment to collaboration

Our commitment to collaboration has led to the development of funding sources, the growth of programs designed to meet specific needs, and voice among legislators and regulators to preserve the rights, freedom and dignity of our fellow Alaskans who experience disability. AADD continues to celebrate the closure of Harborview in 1996, the former State of Alaska institution utilized for warehousing people who experienced disabilities.




Always here to help

The Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in 2003, and comprises members from all regions of Alaska. AADD representatives include Executive Directors, Primary Care Givers, Independent Care Coordinators and Financial Officers. The breadth of representation allows AADD to be of service no matter your role or primary responsibility in your agency. Someone has been there, and someone can help.