A description of DPHMD's purpose and goals is located on the home page.  The official purpose, as stated in DPHMD's Constitution and Bylaws, follows.  For more information about DPHMD, see the links at the top or left side of this page.

Section 1. Purpose
The primary purpose of DPHMD shall be to advance the education of individuals with exceptionalities and to promote related educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Specifically, DPHMD intends to assist and provide support to The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in all its efforts on behalf of persons with exceptionalities, and to participate in all appropriate governance activities of CEC subject to the general supervision and control of CEC.

Section 2. Secondary Purpose
The secondary purposes of DPHMD shall be:
A. To advance quality education for all individuals with physical, health and multiple disabilities;
B. To foster close professional relationships among personnel involved in educational programs for individuals with physical, health and multiple disabilities;
C. To provide avenues of communication through publications and other materials; and
D. To promote professional standards for educators and service providers of individuals with physical, health and multiple disabilities.