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Who We Are

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Who We Are

About the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)

The NYS DDPC was created following the federal Developmental Disabilities Act. This act requires a Developmental Disabilities Council for each U.S. state and territory. Although the DDPC is 100% federally funded, it is a New York State agency under the direction of Governor Kathy Hochul.

The DDPC is not a direct service provider. Our mission is carried out through grant work. The DDPC creates pilot projects around all life areas. Our projects focus on advocacy, systems change, integration, and inclusion in all aspects of a person’s life.

If you are looking for services, visit the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) website for information on developmental disability services or visit the Multiple Systems Navigator website to find information about human service organizations and resources.

Council Membership

NYS DDPC Council members are volunteers appointed by the Governor. They are people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and family members of people with IDD. In addition, representatives from State agencies and other service provider organizations are members of the Council. Our diverse membership ensures input from people with many different skills and life experiences. The DDPC membership composition is directed by the DD Act of 2000 which is the authorizing law which created Councils.

 

COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON

Susan Fox, PhD (Interim Chair)

CAUCUS CHAIRPERSON

Shameka Andrews

CAUCUS MEMBERS

Peter Cole

David Feickert, Jr.

Stuart Flaum

Tamelia Laquana Fritz

Ketrina Hazell

Wendy Orzel

Jennifer C. Thau

Dave Deuel

Debora Thivierge

 

UNIVERSITY CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY

Susan Fox, PhD - President and CEO - Westchester Institute for Human Development

Joanne F. Siegel, LCSW - Co-Director - Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence

Suzannah J. Iadarola, PhD - Director - Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

Julie M. Keegan, Esq. - Director of the Protection and Advocacy Program for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PADD) - Disability Rights New York

 

STATE AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES

Honorable Anthony J. Annucci - Acting Commissioner - NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Honorable Theodore Kastner - Commissioner - NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Honorable Dr. Betty A. Rosa - Commissioner - NYS Education Department

Honorable Marie Therese Dominguez - Commissioner - NYS Department of Transportation

Honorable Denise Miranda - Executive Director - NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

Honorable Greg Olsen - Acting Director - NYS Office for the Aging

Honorable Michael P. Hein - Commissioner - NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Honorable RuthAnne Visnauskus - Commissioner - NYS Homes and Community Renewal

Honorable Mary T. Bassett, M.D. - Commissioner - NYS Department of Health

 

 
Council Member Duties

Council members have many duties. They:

  • serve on committees and subcommittees,
  • attend full Council and committee meetings,
  • take part in discussions, presentations, development of projects and initiatives,
  • review and vote on funding motions, and
  • review and approve State Plans.

 

For more information, watch 'What It Means to be a Council Member' video testimony from a current Council member,  and read 'Council Member Code of Conduct'  document about DDPC ethical guidelines for Council members.

Becoming a Council Member

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A DDPC COUNCIL MEMBER?

If you are interested in being considered for membership, please follow this link - DDPC Council Membership Forms | Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ny.gov) - to apply for membership.