Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

News

08/25/16
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.That’s why OPWDD is launching the Welcome community inclusion campaign to help “plant the seeds of community inclusion” and encourage communities across the state to welcome people of all abilities. The goal of Welcome is to spread awareness and acceptance...
07/01/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  In July, as we celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks, barbeques, trips to places near and far, and quality time with friends and family, we also celebrate individual independence for people with developmental disabilities whose rights were greatly enhanced with the enactment of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. Last year OPWDD, along with several other state agencies, hosted a celebration at West Capitol Park in Albany to commemorate the ADA’s 25th anniversary.  Much like the 4th of July, the...
06/30/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Who will care for my loved one when I am no longer able to? That is a question I have heard many times while meeting with family members across the state and talking with them about the future of our system. And while OPWDD has always worked to make sure people have the services they need, given all of the changes in our system over the last few years, we recognize that what families truly need is the assurance that their loved one will find a place to call home, preferably before they are in an emergency situation. In response to these concerns, OPWDD...
06/01/16
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.  I am excited to announce a new...
05/17/16
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.   Response to the Institute was excellent, with more than 30 agencies submitting proposals.  Through a screening process that kept agency names redacted...
05/04/16
Over the past year, through the efforts of our dedicated staff and in partnership with our stakeholders, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has accomplished many important things.  We convened a Transformation Panel which has released a sweeping series of recommendations designed to guide our service delivery system of the future, completed our outreach work for the Residential Request List, finalized a plan for sheltered workshops to convert to integrated employment settings and helped thousands of new people receive services in our system. This year, we will...
04/12/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  As you know, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have reached agreement on the 2016-17 New York State Budget. I am pleased to report that the budget grows spending on OPWDD provided supports and services to over $4.2 billion in the coming fiscal year, which is an increase of 4.3 percent over last year. The new resources provided in the budget will invest $120 million to develop up to 6,000 new or expanded service opportunities including certified and non-certified residential opportunities, day programs, employment, case management...

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