Developmental Disability

Overview

Developmental disabilities (DD) are specific disorders that may occur anytime from before a baby’s birth, up until the age of 22. A developmental disability may take different forms. A developmental disability condition may cause a child to develop more slowly all along, or to have physical difficulties and limitations, or have trouble learning and growing like other children in general. Sometimes an individual has more than one condition or disability.

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, familial dysautonomia and neurological impairment (injury, malformation, or disease involving the central nervous System).


For more information on Developmental Disabilities, download our fact sheet:

Developmental Disabilities
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Additional Information

Resources

  • DD Info Link — An online, searchable directory of programs specifically designed for people with developmental disabilities, their family members and service providers
  • Developmental Disability Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY) — A collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities
  • OPWDD — The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Related Events

  • 30May

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Chautauqua

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 10 am–12 pm

    Self-direction gives you flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that are right for you so you can live the life you want. With self-direction, YOU choose your services, the staff and organizations that provide them, and a schedule that works best for YOU.  Join this Self Direction information session to learn more about this service.

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  • 1Jun

    2017 Western Region Self Advocacy Conference

    Community Event  |  Advocacy,Developmental Disability 

    Thursday, June 1, 3 pm–Friday, June 2, 2017 3 pm

    This year’s conference has a fantastic line up of self advocate-led workshops and speakers, and opportunities to meet and network with self advocates and self advocacy supporters from across the region.

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  • 2Jun

    Au-Some Aquarium

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Niagara

    Friday, June 2, 2017, 6–8 pm

    Special evenings dedicated to providing a safe, supportive and sensory friendly environment where families with autism and other special healthcare needs can meet, learn and have fun together. Families will enjoy a touch tank, a sea lion show, art activities, gluten-free snacks and information provided by community resource specialists.

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  • 9Jun

    Au-Some Evenings at Explore & More Children's Museum

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Erie

    Friday, June 9, 2017, 5:30–8 pm

    Through generous community support, these special evenings on the second Friday of each month give children with Autism Spectrum Disorders an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment free of charge.

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  • 12Jun

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Monday, June 12, 2017, 3–5 pm

    Self-direction gives you flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that are right for you so you can live the life you want. With self-direction, YOU choose your services, the staff and organizations that provide them, and a schedule that works best for YOU.  Join this Self Direction information session to learn more about this service.

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  • 13Jun

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Chautauqua

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 1–3 pm

    Self-direction gives you flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that are right for you so you can live the life you want. With self-direction, YOU choose your services, the staff and organizations that provide them, and a schedule that works best for YOU.  Join this Self Direction information session to learn more about this service.

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  • 26Jun

    Family Support Group for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

    Support Group  |  Developmental Disability  |  Allegany

    Monday, June 26, 2017, 5:30–7 pm

    To provide a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with developmental disabilities to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support.

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  • 30Jun

    Family Peer Support Group

    Community Event  |  Advocacy,Behavior,Developmental Disability  |  Cattaraugus

    Friday, June 30, 2017, 6–7:30 pm

    Empowering families in a positive environment.  All parents in the community are invited to attend monthly meetings that begin with a family-style pizza dinner.

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  • 3Jul

    Fun Night Out Recreation - Buffalo Bison's Baseball Game

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Monday, July 3, 2017, 5 pm

    Please join us for a Fun Night Out with the  Buffalo Bisons!

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  • 6Jul

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Orleans

    Thursday, July 6, 2017, 6–8 pm

    Self-direction gives you flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that are right for you so you can live the life you want. With self-direction, YOU choose your services, the staff and organizations that provide them, and a schedule that works best for YOU.  Join this Self Direction information session to learn more about this service.

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