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Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) is to enhance the lives of New Yorkers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and their families through programs that promote self-advocacy, participation, and inclusion in all facets of community life.

Our Core Values

We view disability as a natural part of the diverse human experience.

People with IDD and their family members are decision makers on agency initiatives.

We seek input from people representing diverse perspectives and experiences to strengthen our initiatives.

We promote equity in access to IDD services and resources and seek to drive positive change through a range of programs and projects.


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.



Dave Deuel (Interim Chair)


Shameka Andrews


Peter Cole

David Feickert, Jr.

Stuart Flaum

Tamelia Laquana Fritz

Ketrina Hazell

Jennifer C. Thau

Dave Deuel

Debora Thivierge

Daniel Cunningham

Bin Feng

Amanda Haught

Marc Rosen



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



Honorable Kerri Neifeld - Commissioner - NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

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

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


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