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

  • 28Jul

    Family Peer Support Group

    Community Event  |  Advocacy,Behavior,Developmental Disability  |  Cattaraugus

    Friday, July 28, 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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  • 8Aug

    Parent Support Group of Cattaraugus County

    Community Event  |  Advocacy,Developmental Disability,Learning Disabilities,Autism  |  Cattaraugus

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6–7:30 pm

    Empowering families in a positive environment

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  • 15Aug

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Niagara

    Tuesday, August 15, 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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  • 24Aug

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Thursday, August 24, 2017, 9–11 am

    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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  • 25Aug

    Family Peer Support Group

    Community Event  |  Advocacy,Behavior,Developmental Disability  |  Cattaraugus

    Friday, August 25, 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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  • 27Aug

    Special Needs Takes on Buffalo Canalside

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Sunday, August 27, 2017, 3–6 pm

    Join Fantastic Friends of WNY for a special day of events at Buffalo Canalside

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  • 28Aug

    Family Support Group for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

    Support Group  |  Developmental Disability  |  Allegany

    Monday, August 28, 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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  • 8Sep

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

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Erie

    Friday, September 8, 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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  • 8Sep

    Au-Some Aquarium

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Niagara

    Friday, September 8, 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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  • 11Sep

    Parent Support Group of Cattaraugus County

    Community Event  |  Advocacy,Developmental Disability,Learning Disabilities,Autism  |  Cattaraugus

    Monday, September 11, 2017, 6–7:30 pm

    All parents in the community are invited to attend Northern Cattaraugus County Parent Support Group monthly meetings. 

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