Our Mission: The mission of the DDAWNY Family Committee is to educate and inform people about the unmet needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and ensure quality homes and services are available in a managed care environment.
Our Vision: The DDAWNY Family Committee was established to give a voice and a way to be involved to family members of those individuals.
- To provide individuals with developmental disabilities a range of choices for their living opportunities.
- To inform family members about the rights, protections, services and options available to their loved one with developmental disabilities.
- To help family members become effective advocates for the collective good and addressing current priority areas.
- To help the public gain awareness of the value our loved ones contribute to the community.
New!! Read this article from DDAWNY Member Agency 11/17/2023
New! Check out Family Advocacy and Issue Development for 2023-2024
Check out the Social Media Training
The Lobbyist’s Instruction Book: A Guide to Successful Advocacy
Click here for great resources and information for parents and caregivers.
Find My Elected Representatives
Our Brochure: DDAWNY Family Committee Brochure
Watch this video on how FSS Saves Families!
Legislative Breakfast 2014
Read the Comments of two Family Members given at the Breakfast:
Published Letters to the Editor
The Family Committee reached out to parents and family members encouraging them to write letters to the editor of the Buffalo News in support of the “Families Cannot be Caregivers Forever” campaign. The response was huge as the issue is urgent. Below are some of the letters that have been published.
Here are more of the letters and articles in .pdf format:
Also, these letters were published in other papers:
And here is an article about discussing issues with Governor Cuomo at a Minimum Wage Rally: