Decision-Making Curriculum

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is announcing an opportunity to fund one grantee up to $200,000 per year for 4 years ($800,000 total) to develop a decision-making curriculum for school-aged (primary, middle, and high school) students with IDD, to begin to learn and practice decision-making skills, using scenario-based training methods. 

The curriculum should include how to weigh the risks and opportunities present in any decision.  It should also include a component on problem solving, coping mechanisms, critical thinking, and self-advocacy through assertiveness. The curriculum should include age-appropriate lessons for youth K-12 and should culminate in an evidence-based assessment at the end of each module/school year to ensure that students have learned the material and had the opportunity to practice and apply their skills.  This assessment might include the presentation of a portfolio or capstone, based on the methodology determined most effective for the participating youth to demonstrate their skills.  The assessment should be an opportunity to focus on areas where the student may need additional practice, as opposed to a pass/fail determination.  The prospective grantee should include a training component for practitioners (including people with IDD) implementing the training, in order that they learn positive coaching skills to model the skills and offer constructive feedback throughout the course.

The prospective grantee should work with local schools, youth programs, and other community organizations to promote and support implementation of the curriculum once the program is developed.  The prospective grantee should also work with the staff and trainers at the above-mentioned organizations, to ensure those implementing the training are best prepared to empower decision-making and skill-building for people with IDD. The prospective grantee should explore resources currently available, to create a distinct curriculum that incorporates skill-building in the areas of decision-making and problem solving, which is built upon other research-based methods and materials but adapted for the youth with IDD population.  The training should include realistic, age-appropriate scenarios.  The IEP process should be incorporated as a real-life scenario where the skills the youth have been learning throughout their schooling can be practiced and applied.

In addition to the curriculum, the grantee should create a toolkit for parents, and other providers of services, of participating youth in the program.  The intent of the toolkit is for the supporters in the youths’ lives to reinforce and foster the skills they are learning in the curriculum, so that the youth can practice outside of the classroom.  The grantee should also establish a peer mentor program among youth in the program.


Important Dates:

  • Contract Term - January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2026
  • Closing Date for Questions – May 27, 2022
  • Questions and answers posted - May 30, 2022
  • Proposal Due Date - Friday, July 1, 2022, 3:00 PM


Designated Contact / Issuing Officer

DDPC has assigned a Program Planner as the Designated Contact / Issuing Officer for this project. The Program Planner or a designee shall be the sole point of contact regarding the RFP from the date of issuance of the RFP until the issuance of the Notice of Award letter.  To avoid being deemed non-responsive, an applicant is restricted from contacting any other personnel of the DDPC regarding the RFP.  Certain findings of non-responsibility can result in rejection for a contract award. The Issuing Officer for this RFP is:

Program Planner
Kimberly Berg

New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Phone: 518-486-7505

Email: [email protected]


Eligibility requirements:

All applicants must be a registered Vendor in the NYS Statewide Financial System (SFS). Proposals received from eligible applicants who have not been registered will be disqualified from further consideration.

*Please Note: Online Submission Required in the Grants Gateway System (GGS).*