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

  • 25Feb

    Fun Night Out Recreation at UB Bulls Basketball Games

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, February 25, 2017, 1 pm

    Come join your friends at Fun Night Out Recreation At a UB Bulls Basketball Games Men's & Women's

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  • 25Feb

    Fantastic Friends - Pool Party!

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3:30–5:30 pm

    Events are always fun and creative, and provide a variety of social and learning experiences for our special needs members.

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  • 27Feb

    Fun Night Out Recreation - A Night at the Movies!

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Monday, February 27, 2017, 5–9 pm

    Fun Night Out Recreation Presents: A Night at the Movies!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 27Feb

    Family Support Group for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

    Support Group  |  Developmental Disability  |  Allegany

    Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:30–7 pm

    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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  • 2Mar

    Smile Day at the Museum Health Fair

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9 am–1 pm

    Faculty and students of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will provide dental appraisals for children and adults.

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  • 3Mar

    Au-Some Aquarium

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Niagara

    Friday, March 3, 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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  • 10Mar

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

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Erie

    Friday, March 10, 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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  • 11Mar

    Karate Classes at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, March 11, 2017, 12:30–1:30 pm

    Karate has been proven to help with self-control, discipline, coordination and most of all ... it's fun!

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  • 18Mar

    Karate Classes at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12:30–1:30 pm

    Karate has been proven to help with self-control, discipline, coordination and most of all ... it's fun!

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  • 25Mar

    Karate Classes at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, March 25, 2017, 12:30–1:30 pm

    Karate has been proven to help with self-control, discipline, coordination and most of all ... it's fun!

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