Who We Are
About the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
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 is not a direct service provider. Our mission is carried out through grant work. The DDPC addresses the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the development of demonstration projects around advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion in all facets of life.
NYS DDPC Council members are volunteers appointed by the Governor and are people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and family members of people with ID/DD. 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.
Thomas F. Burke
Lisa M. Severino
Jennifer C. Dahlstrom
David Feickert, Jr.
Lisa M. Fertal
Tamelia Laquana Fritz
Lisa M. Severino
Jennifer C. Thau
Kitching Rhoda Wong
UNIVERSITY CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DD MEMBERS
Susan Fox, PhD - President and CEO - Westchester Institute for Human Development
Karen Bonuck, PhD and Joanne F. Siegel, LCSW - Co-Directors - Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence
Susan Hetherington, PhD - Director - Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
STATE AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES
Honorable Anthony J. Annucci - Acting Commissioner - NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Honorable Theodore Kastner - Acting Commissioner - NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Honorable MaryEllen Elia - Commissioner - NYS Education Department
Honorable Paul Karas - 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 - Acting Commissioner - NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Honorable RuthAnne Visnauskus - Commissioner - NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Honorable Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D. - Commissioner - NYS Department of Health
Council Member Duties
Council Members 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.