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

  • 28Mar

    What is Self-Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Chautauqua

    Tuesday, March 28, 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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  • 30Mar

    Talking with Your Child about Their Disability

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Learning Disabilities,Professionals (WNYI) 

    Thursday, March 30, 2017, 12–1 pm

    REACH for Transition: Resources for Employment, Access, Community Living & Hope presents: "Talking With your Child About Their Disability"

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  • 1Apr

    Disability Awareness Spring Outreach

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9 am–12 pm

    The Erie County Auto Bureau and the Erie County Office for the Disabled will be on hand to assist individuals and their family members obtain state issued picture identification and other matters pertaining to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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  • 7Apr

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Chautauqua

    Friday, April 7, 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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  • 7Apr

    Au-Some Aquarium

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Niagara

    Friday, April 7, 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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  • 13Apr

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Niagara

    Thursday, April 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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  • 14Apr

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

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability,Autism  |  Erie

    Friday, April 14, 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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  • 17Apr

    What is Self Direction?

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Allegany

    Monday, April 17, 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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  • 19Apr

    Guardianship, Wills & Trusts

    Workshop  |  Developmental Disability  |  Niagara

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6–8 pm

    An overview of who needs a guardian and the different types of guardians will be provided. Participants will learn about trusts for a child with special needs and gain an understanding of the various processes.

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  • 22Apr

    Feeding Strategies for Picky Eaters

    Community Event  |  Developmental Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:45 am–12:45 pm

    This evidence-based workshop is directed towards professionals and parents who work with and care for toddlers, children, and adolescents who demonstrate feeding  difficulties. 

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