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Call for Focus Groups Participants

We Want to Hear from You!

Tell us about your experiences during COVID-19 as a parent or caregiver of an individual with I/DD for a report to the NYS Legislature. If your loved one fits any of the following criteria, please join one of the scheduled focus groups:


THOSE WHO ARE SELF DIRECTED: Monday, June 27th 10:00AM-12:00PM

THOSE IN AN OPWDD CERTIFIED RESIDENCE: Monday, June 27th 6:00PM-8:00PM or Thursday, June 30th 10:00AM-12:00PM

THOSE LIVING AT HOME: Wednesday, June29th 10:00AM-12:00PM



TO REGISTER: Email: [email protected] to indicate which group you would like to join. You will receive a WebEx link to participate. All discussions are voluntary and confidential.

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Remembering Willowbrook

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council presents
‘Remembering Willowbrook: A conversation with Geraldo Rivera and Bernard Carabello’

50 years ago, Geraldo Rivera's exposé on Willowbrook State School shocked the nation and forever improved how people with disabilities were treated in this country.  The DDPC, in partnership with the Digital and Media Services Center at New York State Office of General Services, recently had the privilege to discuss the story and its impact with Geraldo Rivera and Bernard Carabello.

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The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook

A conversation with OPWDD Commissioner Kerri E. Neifeld
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Funding projects to help people with disabilities live independently and participate fully in the community

The NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) is NY’s assigned Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration and inclusion.
NEW - Language Translation Funding; Decision-Making Curriculum RFP; Housing Navigation Report; and more.
Funding Opportunities
We award grants to not-for-profits, colleges, and universities through a competitive request for proposal process. All our projects fulfill one or more of the goals set forth in our State Plan.
Our Projects
Learn about the various projects funded by DDPC, including DDPC COVID-19 Response Small Grants.
Publications & Quick Guides
Download current Quick Guides on practical life skills, watch a video about the New York Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program, and check out publications that outline who we are and what we do
DDPC Meetings
DDPC meetings information and materials