Dear Friends and Colleagues: As we commemorate the day that would have been Martin Luther King Jr’s 86th birthday, we at the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) celebrate Dr. King’s work which sparked the conscience of a generation. His concept of “somebodiness” has symbolized the celebration of human worth which parallels OPWDD’s mission of putting people with developmental disabilities first.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:As we begin the new year, I am writing to tell you about some important work OPWDD is undertaking over the next few months as we work together to navigate the challenges of change.
I would like to recognize and thank all of the staff and providers in the areas affected by the lake effect snow in Western and Northern New York that are working tirelessly around the clock to care for the individuals we serve. Many of you have put aside your own needs and the needs of your own families to keep the individuals we serve safe. Your selfless actions and dedication are an inspiration to your peers and everyone in the state.
OPWDD Recognizes Employees of the Year
Dear Friends and Colleagues:This past month marked the 35th anniversary of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Senior Companion Program. The Senior Companion Program, a Senior Corps program of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, provides service opportunities for 5 million Americans through volunteerism.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about the employment of individuals with disabilities and celebrates their many and varied contributions to America's workplace. The theme for 2014 is Expect. Employ. Empower.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday signed an Executive Order to establish the Employment First Commission, which will be tasked with creating an employment first policy in New York State. The initiative will help the state achieve its goal to increase the employment rate of people with disabilities and register 100 businesses to hire people with disabilities as part of their workforce strategy.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,