Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Employment Resources and Advocacy


OPWDD has set a goal to double the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are employed in their communities. We have many partners in the state who are working with us to achieve this goal. The following links will connect you with advocacy agencies that are committed to increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

NY Makes Work PayInformation and resources for individuals with disabilities, employers, providers and advocates.  Through research, policy analysis, training, and technical assistance, the New York Makes Work Pay Initiative provides policy and practice solutions to address New York State's estimated 70% of working-age people with disabilities who are not employed. Together we are developing a path to employment for New Yorkers with disabilities. 

Independent Living Centers  (ILCs)– Independent Living Centers (ILCs) are run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. Core programs include information and referral services, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, and independent living skills training. 

Self-Advocacy Association of NYS (SANYs)The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. (SANYS) is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. SANYs is committed to empowering people with disabilities to be active members of their communities, including participation through competitive employment. 

Parent to Parent of NYS Parent to Parent is a place where families of individuals with special needs can support each other and share information about accessing needed services. A great resource for family members who have questions about what to expect from supported employment services, and how to get connected with providers of supported employment services.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)- NYLN is a youth-led organization working to build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16- 28 years old. We want to support young people in their role as the next generation of leadership in the Disability Rights Movement. - is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide, The employment page has a wealth of resouces related to career planning, job training, job opportunities, and self-employment.