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.
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.
This week OPWDD marks National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, a special week set aside to honor and celebrate the direct support workers who deliver every day on our agency mission of helping people with developmental disabilities live richer lives.
State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. today announced the start of the direct support microcredential program approved earlier this year to provide training that leads to national certification in the field of developmental disabilities. The program was developed in partnership with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to recognize the distinct skills and competencies required of today's direct support professionals.