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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.
2014 Employees of the Year
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,
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the greatest resources within our service system for thousands of New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:The skills, talents and abilities of the individuals we serve are evident in neighborhoods and communities all across New York State.  That’s why OPWDD is launching the “I am able…” “selfie” awareness campaign to celebrate the abilities of the individuals we support.