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01/19/15
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. Dr. King’s leadership, teachings, and tireless civil rights advocacy have had a profound impact on all our lives, including the 126,000 New Yorkers with...
01/15/15
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.   We are clearly at a critical juncture of transformation in our field. The central question we are all asking is this: how do we build our system to better support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities now and into the future and make our system sustainable for years to come?   There is nothing simple about this question.  We have come a long...
12/15/14
There has been a drastic increase in nuisance alarms related to unclean cooking appliances across the state. Nuisance alarms are a major disruption in the lives of those we serve and are often easily avoided. Some of these incidents have resulted in fire events. Cooking should never be left unattended. ...
12/15/14
There have been several recent cooking related fire events and nuisance alarms caused by cooking have greatly increased. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about half of all home fires start in the kitchen. The most common causes of these fires are:Unattended cookingCareless placement of combustible items near cooking equipmentGrease buildupAccidental spillage of cooking oils on stove tops and ovens. ...
11/21/14
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.In addition to the difficulties experienced from the record breaking snow, the weather is expected to warm up in the coming days which could cause...
10/09/14
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.Here in New York State, we embrace this theme as evidenced by our major focus on developing employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in our ongoing effort to achieve full community integration for the people we support. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Employment...

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