Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Please join me in welcoming Scott Sandman as the new Director of Communications for OPWDD. Scott is replacing Jennifer O’Sullivan who will be leaving the agency for a position with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Scott will serve on OPWDD’s Leadership Team and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the OPWDD Communications Department, including oversight of all agency messaging, branding, social media and website management. 
Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to announce the following changes to OPWDD’s central office leadership team.    
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Direct Support Professional Recognition Week gives us an opportunity to honor and thank the tens of thousands of DSPs who are working hard every day to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  DSPs serve at the very heart of our service system – right beside the people who need supports.  They have many different titles: counselors, coaches, specialists, personal assistants and so much more, tailoring their supports to meet the specific needs of people every day.
Each and every day, more than 90,000 direct support professionals across New York carry out our mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities live richer lives.
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.