Rainbow infinity sign demonstrating Autism Awareness Month

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

April is World Autism and Celebrate Diversity Month. At the CDD, we view disability as a natural part of the human experience.
About the Council
Enhancing the Lives of New Yorkers with Developmental Disabilities

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

National Reach

NYS CDD is one of 56 state councils on developmental disabilities in the U.S. and its territories created through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). 

Council Membership

The Governor appoints members of the Council to facilitate the distribution of Federal funds available to New York State. By Federal law, at least 60% of the members of the Council must be people with developmental disabilities, or family members of people with developmental disabilities. 

CDD Agency Updates

CDD Executive Director Kristin Proud and CDD Caucus Chair Shameka Andrews were recently interviewed by New York NOW host Shantel Destra for an upcoming episode highlighting DD Awareness Month and the work of the CDD. The show will air on WHMT (Capital Region's PBS station) on Friday, March 22 from 7:30- 8:00 PM and will be available to watch online on their website. 

The Path Forward:

Remembering Willowbrook

The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook is a  a half-hour documentary produced by the CDD highlighting the importance of lessons learned, positive change that resulted, and the legacy of Willowbrook.