Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

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What we Do

The Federal Developmental Disabilities 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 intellectual and/or 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