OPWDD offers individualized, person-centered supports to children and young adults aged birth to 21 who are OPWDD-eligible with a qualifying diagnosis. OPWDD services can be provided in addition to supports received through Early Intervention (EI), the education system, and the Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS), which are the primary systems serving children with disabilities in New York State. These systems work together to ensure children have the supports they need to build on their strengths and overcome any challenges they face.
In addition, OPWDD offers services to family members to help them provide supports to their loved ones. When a referral is made, OPWDD regional staff can work with the family to learn about the child’s support needs and discuss what OPWDD service options may be of benefit.