About the Report
On December 21, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed New York State (NYS) Senate Bill S.6294A into law requiring the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council (DDAC) to look at how the state responded to COVID-19 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The law included two major tasks:
1. Review the state's response to COVID-19.
2. Provide recommendations to the NYS Legislature and Governor to improve the state's response for people with IDD during future emergencies.
The NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) helped the DDAC prepare this report.
The Art Contest
The Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council, in partnership with New York State Senator John W. Mannion, sponsored an art contest for self-advocates to feature COVID-19-related art on the cover of this report. More than 40 self-advocates from across New York State submitted artwork.