OPWDD Features

Dear Friends and Colleagues,Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings that estimate 1 in 68 children in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previously reported in 2012.
Dear Friends:As an individual with developmental disabilities or a family member, you will be pleased to know that the 2014-2015 state budget recently adopted under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides new opportunities for community integration, independent advocacy, employment, enhanced services and improved safety measures.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:This month, we celebrated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a designation first made in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan in which he urged all Americans to join him in “according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” 
Camp Wilton 2014 Applications Available
OPWDD is pleased to share that Camp Wilton, a favorite recreational opportunity with the individuals we serve, is preparing for another summer of great activities!About the Camp Located in the Capital Region, Camp Wilton hosts approximately 500 people every summer. The five-day camp sessions are held every Monday-Friday and 70-80 individuals participate each week. The camp’s counselors are experienced with over 80% returning for multiple sessions. Every attempt is made to accommodate each individual’s physical, social, dietary, and other needs.
Voting Rights
Exercise Your Right To Vote.All Americans have the right to vote, including people with developmental disabilities, and there are federal and state laws to guard and guarantee that right. OPWDD is committed to ensuring that voting rights are upheld for the people we serve, and that every person is given the opportunity to register to vote. How to Register
OPWDD Recognizes Employees of the Year
OPWDD Recognizes Employees of the Year
Transformation Agreement
New York State and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have identified a series of shared goals that will improve opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in the areas of employment, integrated living, and self-direction of services. These goals are captured in a transformation agreement. They include:
Dear Friends and Colleagues:True person-centered planning should not just be person-centered, but person-driven; guided and shaped by the very individual at the center of the plan. It involves a comprehensive process that includes discussions with not only that individual, but his or her circle of support as well. Those discussions will reveal how he or she wants to live, so that supports can be identified to help the individual move toward the life he or she considers meaningful and productive.
Other factors which impact the individual's life, such as health and wellness, are also considered during the planning process. Knowing and exploring opportunities to use a person’s skills and abilities helps to set a direction while providing positive motivation, and increasing the likelihood of achieving the desired outcomes that are most important to the person receiving supports.Focus on Outcomes! 
On Monday, November 18, 2013, from 11am to 1pm, OPWDD will host a statewide videoconference to provide People First Waiver discussion boards and voluntary providers an update on the People First Waiver and Transformation Agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The PowerPoint presentation will be posted on OPWDD’s People First Waiver webpage the day before the videoconference, and a video of the presentation will be posted following the event.