Developmental Disabilities

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The 31st annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Conference was held in downtown Niagara Falls Thursday. Its morning keynote speaker is a woman who, despite her physical condition, became a trained violinist who would go on to win the 2016 NPR Music Tiny Desk competition. She now travels to spread a message that being "disabled" is just another form of diversity for which people should be proud.

Kathy Doody

The State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities is holding another series of public forums across New York this month to help educate families about the critical change coming in the way services are provided.

Empire State Development Corp.

Think "Blueway." It is a word you are going to hear a lot in the next year or two, as Buffalo Billion II helps fund a water highway between South Buffalo Charter School and Broderick Park: the historic and industrial Buffalo waterfront.

New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities

A significant change is coming to the way New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services. The next few months will be critical.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Advocates for professionals providing direct care to people living with developmental disabilities are urging state lawmakers to speed up the allocation of funds already earmarked to help the providers earn living wages.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Basic life skills that many take for granted can often be challenging for people with developmental disabilities.


An investigation of state employees stealing from developmentally disabled people in their care has prompted a call for better oversight by the agency overseeing group homes for the disabled.

People Inc. / WBFO News

People Inc. has embarked on a new journey that works to improve the lives of the developmentally disabled. That journey began on Saturday, when four men left their homes to begin a 6,000 mile adventure across the nation.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Baker Victory Services with the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York opened a new residential care facility for people with developmental disabilities diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or age-related dementia.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Organizations that serve those with developmental disabilities are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo not to make any funding cuts when he releases his budget proposal Tuesday. One of those service providers is People, Inc.