The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is
interested in finding out more about bullying and individuals with
intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. We have begun looking
into this because we are concerned about how little is known about
bullying among individuals with disabilities.
In order to find out more about this important issue, we are working
with a grantee to conduct focus groups with various groups across the
Individuals (both children and adults) with intellectual and/or
Family members of people with disabilities,
Friends, classmates and/or coworkers of people with disabilities,
People who work with or provide care for people with disabilities
outside the immediate family, and Employers of people with disabilities.
The information gathered at these meetings will be used to assist us
in developing a plan of action to address bullying prevention for
individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
We are planning to conduct the focus groups in June and July in the
following areas of New York State:
New York City/Long Island
We are finalizing the dates and locations for the focus groups and
will share them with focus groups participants in the next couple of
If you would like to participate in one of the focus groups, please
contact Ashley Pacelli at either 1-800-395-3372 or
Ashley [dot] pacelli [at] ddpc [dot] ny [dot] gov. Ashley will need the following
information for individuals interested in either the focus groups or
Who you represent (individual, family member, agency, etc.)
Interested in focus group or interview
Region of state where you would want to participate
We will also be conducting a limited number of interviews with
stakeholders from throughout New York State. If you are unable to
participate in the focus groups but would like to be interviewed
please let Ashley know that as well.
Many thanks and we look forward to working with you.
NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1230
Albany, NY 12210