Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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11/20/19
An international, multidisciplinary research team from more than 50 institutions, led by geneticist and psychiatrist Gholson Lyon, MD, PhD, of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), today announced publication of findings from its study of the rare disease TAF1 syndrome. The findings were published in the article “Missense variants in TAF1 and developmental phenotypes: challenges of determining pathogenicity,” in Human Mutation, the official journal of the Human Genome Variation Society,...
11/08/19
As New York celebrates our heroes on Veteran’s Day, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announces new career opportunities for those who have served our country and are now looking for new ways to serve their community. As a Veterans Administration-approved employer, all OPWDD service delivery locations are now approved worksites for the GI Bill® Veterans Training and Apprenticeship Program. Veterans who join the OPWDD direct support workforce can be eligible for additional VA tax-free stipends throughout their 12-to-15-month traineeship. “We’ve heard from the...
11/07/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  The month of November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) asks that everyone Focus on Epilepsy and how it affects the lives of the more than 215,000 New Yorkers who live with that condition.* Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that causes recurring unprovoked seizures. While most think of seizures as convulsions, there are many different seizure types with many possible symptoms ranging from convulsions, isolated involuntary bodily movements, staring spells, periods of confusion,...
11/01/19
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) has received a $1.95 million grant, for a five-year period, from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to support IBR physician-scientist Gholson Lyon, MD, PhD, in his research on rare diseases. The grant is part of the NIGMS’s Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators initiative, which provides science investigators who have demonstrated ability to make major...
09/16/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues, The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is pleased to announce the opportunity for public comment on the draft 1915(c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) 2019 Waiver Renewal.  The HCBS Waiver is the Medicaid program that provides opportunities for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive services in their own home or community. The draft 2019 Waiver Renewal includes updates to the OPWDD quality improvement strategy to reflect current workgroups and committees, allows Nurse...
09/11/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues, As a former direct support professional at a not-for-profit agency in Massachusetts in my earlier years, I know how hard direct support professionals work every day to ensure that people with developmental disabilities have the supports they need to live, work and enjoy life as independently as possible. No one does more than direct support professionals to ensure that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities carries out its mission of helping people live richer lives in their communities.  Our direct support workforce is approximately 13,000...
08/30/19
Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are encouraging people to get ready for an inclusive day of fun as they partner with Special Olympics New York in bringing Get Together Day to select state parks this summer. Using New York’s award-winning state parks as the backdrop, Get Together Day will bring people with and without developmental disabilities together for fun, healthful activities that encourage everyone’s participation regardless of level of ability while showcasing the...
08/20/19
Each of us has unique strengths, skills, and abilities that make us who we are. To celebrate the abilities of the people we support, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is launching the “What’s Your Super Power?” campaign. “What’s Your Super Power?” aims to educate the public about the unique abilities that everyone, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brings to a community.  Is your wheelchair faster than a speeding bullet? Is your sense of humor more powerful than a locomotive? Are you able to leap over the most complex math problems in...

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