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Developmental disabilities are severe chronic disabilities that appear before age 22 and can be cognitive or physical or both.

Some developmental disabilities are largely physical issues, such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy. Some individuals may have a condition that includes a physical and intellectual disability, for example Down syndrome or fetal alcohol syndrome.


The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) is a Federally-funded, New York State Agency that operates under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The NYSDDPC is one of 56 federally funded State Councils on Developmental Disabilities which are located in every U.S. State and Territory.

The Council is comprised of Governor-appointed volunteers. More than 60% of these volunteers must be individuals with developmental disabilities or family members. Other members include NYS State Agency representatives, UCEDD representatives, and representatives of the Protection and Advocacy System. In addition, a staff of New York State employees supports the efforts of the Council in fulfilling its mission.


The Council develops and funds a wide array of demonstration projects which seek to identify innovative new ways to support self-direction, independent living and community inclusion.

In addition, the agency provides conference funding which enables individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and family members to attend disability-related events related to training, advocay and capacity-building.
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