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.
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.
Susan Fox, PhD (Interim Chair)
David Feickert, Jr.
Tamelia Laquana Fritz
Jennifer C. Thau
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 Kerri Neifeld - Acting 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 Adele Reiter - Acting 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.