The Federal DD Act requires that each of the 56 U.S. States and
Territories identify a Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council. The New York
State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) is the DD Council
representing New York State. Although the DDPC is 100% federally-funded,
it operates as a New York State agency under the direction of Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo.
The DDPC addresses the needs of people with developmental disabilities by conducting advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion.
The primary work of the DDPC is done through the development of
demonstration projects. These DDPC-funded projects seek to:
- Promote capacity building, self-determination, integration and inclusion
- Empower individuals through activities that teach self-advocacy skills
- Advance public policy and systems change to help individuals gain more control over their lives
- Create an environment of self-sufficiency, self-determination, inclusion, and acceptance