Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

OPWDD Features

Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to announce the following changes to OPWDD’s central office leadership team.    
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Direct Support Professional Recognition Week gives us an opportunity to honor and thank the tens of thousands of DSPs who are working hard every day to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  DSPs serve at the very heart of our service system – right beside the people who need supports.  They have many different titles: counselors, coaches, specialists, personal assistants and so much more, tailoring their supports to meet the specific needs of people every day.
Each and every day, more than 90,000 direct support professionals across New York carry out our mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities live richer lives.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:As people who believe that everyone has a place in the community, we can all take an active role in offering our support and friendship to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are spending more time in the same jobs, classes, clubs, and other activities as their peers without disabilities.
Dear Friends and Colleagues: OPWDD and our provider partners have long been working to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities such as autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions.  In order to better address the complex needs that many children present, we have worked with several of our partners to initiate a coordinated effort to develop new treatments and strategies that will better support children with complex needs to live in the most integrated settings and identify best practices for intervention and new therapies. 
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  I am pleased to announce the launch of the Learning Institute on Innovation and Individualized Supports for Persons with Complex Needs with 15 provider agencies.  This Institute, conducted by the New York State Association of Community & Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) through OPWDD funding, is an outcome of our November symposium: Strategies for the Future: Supporting Complex Needs.