The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 500 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.
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Camp Wilton is a residential summer program operated by OPWDD which serves approximately 550 people with developmental disabilities from areas across northeastern New York. One special week is dedicated to people who have Prader Willi Syndrome and these campers come from all over New York State. The program consists of typical camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, recreation, music and drama, and various evening activities. The summer camp operates for nine weeks. The 2021 season runs from June 14th through August 13th.
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We are hoping that many of you will add to this important conversation by sharing your voice during the month as we feature Voices from the Spectrum on our social media pages. You can participate and add your voice to other Voices from the Spectrum by sending us your answer to [email protected] or by sharing your message on your own social media pages using the hashtags #VoicesFromTheSpectrum #AutismAwarenessMonth and #NYSOPWDD.
Services and supports provided by OPWDD or our service providers can help you live in the home of your choice; find employment and other meaningful activities in which to participate; build relationships in the community, and experience health and wellness.
Providing quality supports and services is the goal of OPWDD's service providers, care coordination organizations, family care providers and care managers. Information, tips, tools, regulations and guidance are available for providers to help ensure consistency in services across the state.
Promote inclusion in your community and help people with developmental disabilities find employment, ease their transition from school into community living, invite them to your place of worship, or take a person into your home and care for them as a Family Care Provider.