Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

OPWDD Features

Members of the United States armed services and their families make tremendous sacrifices while serving our nation, including frequently relocating to new communities. Moving every three years, as is common with military families, can put additional strains on families with members who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:For nearly a quarter century, April has been Autism Awareness month throughout the nation – a time to not only promote awareness, but acceptance, recognition and inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the tens of thousands of New Yorkers diagnosed with an ASD, their unique gifts, achievements great and small, and the contributions and value they bring to communities all across our great state.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Throughout the month of March, OPWDD and New York State have joined with the rest of the country in raising awareness of the unique talents and contributions people with developmental disabilities bring to our communities.
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.