Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

DDPC Council Membership
Council Overview
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The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) is a Federally-funded, New York State Agency working under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The NYSDDPC is one of 55 Councils on Developmental Disabilities which exist in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa.

Councils were created through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 1970 to "engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the purpose of the DD Act; and contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family-centered, consumer and family-directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all facets of community life."

Councils develop innovative, cost-effective ways to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state, in a manner that upholds the human and civil value of people with developmental disabilities. Councils perform this work in collaboration with other entities funded under the DD Act, including the Protection and Advocacy systems and the University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). The NYSDDPC 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 small staff of New York State employees supports the efforts of the Council in fulfilling its mission. For more information on Councils on Developmental Disabilities, please visit the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Website at: