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Our Council

Learn more about who we are and what we do
Advocacy. Innovation. Inclusion.

The New York State CDD offers me the opportunity both to learn and grow as well as to encourage leaders in their development. It is a privilege to support the CDD’s culture of growth in advocacy and policymaking as it conducts its strategic work in New York State.

-Dave Deuel, Council Chairperson

NYS Council on Developmental Disabilities


The Federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) requires that each of the U.S. States and U.S. Territories operate a Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council. The New York State Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD) is the DD Council representing New York State.

Although the CDD is 100% federally funded, it operates as a New York State agency under the direction of the Governor.

The CDD is not a direct service provider. Our mission is carried out through grant work. The CDD creates pilot projects in all life areas. Our projects focus on advocacy, systems change, integration, and inclusion in all aspects of a person’s life. 


These CDD-funded projects seek to: 
  • Promote capacity building, and systems change efforts 
  • Empower people through work that teaches self-advocacy skills 
  • Advance public policy to help individuals gain more control over their lives 
  • Create an environment of independence, self-determination, inclusion, and acceptance 


The Governor designated the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to receive, disburse and account for funds on behalf of CDD and provide other administrative supports. CDD has final approval over all grant project activities, budgets, and revisions. 

To learn more about CDD funded projects, click below!