Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

DDPC Council Membership
NYSDDPC Funding Announcements
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DDPC announces funding to select one grantee in the amount of up to $750,000 for 3 years (up to $250,000 per year) to assist in the development of non-certified housing options available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through establishing regional housing collaboratives, statewide communities of practice, and educational programs for stakeholders.

In 2016, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) published a report concerning the State’s residential request list. Among the report’s findings was that 33% of respondents preferred non-certified housing instead of the more-traditional certified group home option, and 90% of respondents expressed interest in learning more about non-certified options.

Making community- based non-certified housing opportunities available requires individuals with I/DD, family members and other relevant stakeholders acquire new skill sets in a variety of disciplines that go beyond the traditional OPWDD service system. It also requires the establishment of new regional collaboratives as well as expanded educational programs on regional housing options and how to access these options.

The DDPC is seeking to support the development of innovative, non-certified housing options for individuals with I/DD, including people with I/DD who currently live in OPWDD certified group homes but desire to live in their own residence, as well as to encourage systems level change through education and collaboration.

Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission
• RFP Posting Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
• Letter of Intent Due Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
• Proposal Due Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
DDPC announces funding to select one grantee in the amount of up to $150,000 ($75,000 per year for a two-year period) to research, develop, and disseminate a stakeholder-informed instructional curriculum with video-based scenarios to help people with developmental and other disabilities learn transportation skills including trip planning and wayfinding, and develop advocacy/self-advocacy skills related to ADA transportation rights.

Transportation remains one of the biggest barriers to individuals with developmental and other disabilities accessing and actively participating in their communities. Research has shown that informational and attitudinal barriers are among the most significant barriers to individuals with developmental and other disabilities using transportation and engaging with the community-at-large. At the same time, new and veteran riders with developmental and other disabilities are increasingly relying on public transportation and recently legalized ridesharing. Informational resources on transportation can support skill development in many areas including advocacy and self-advocacy, and ultimately increase community engagement opportunities.

Accordingly, individuals with developmental and other disabilities who are active or are becoming more active in their communities require information and skills to successfully use different types of transportation. The NYS DDPC is seeking a multi-module curriculum that would include video-based and scenario-based content that addresses transportation rights, trip planning, and wayfinding. Scenarios would be peer-driven, featuring self-advocates demonstrating information and teaching specific skills through interactive and experiential methods.

Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission
• RFP Posting Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
• Letter of Intent Due Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
• Proposal Due Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
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