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Darren Jackson

03/25/19
Darren Jackson

As special assistant to OPWDD’s Region 1 director, Darren Jackson, 50, wears many hats. He plans and conducts training sessions at OPWDD, and with provider agencies in Western New York, to help others to be productive and contributing members of committees and boards of directors. A member of the Independent Action Coalition’s housing committee, Darren also works to assist people with developmental disabilities in obtaining environmental modifications so they can be more independent.  In addition, Darren advocates for two people that do not have family or guardians.

Because living independently is one of Darren’s passions, he meets regularly with people who have moved from certified residences to non-certified residences, to learn what has helped them, what barriers they face and what OPWDD could do to improve their experiences.

When Darren isn’t working, he enjoys relaxing at home with his wife and dog.  He looks forward to his church’s annual multi-day canoeing trip, hanging out on the waterfront in Buffalo, bike riding and taking spontaneous trips with his wife.

And that is what makes Darren One of a Kind.