Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Stories of Transition

Communities in Transition, Opening

A New Start
Reconnecting with Family

OPWDD is committed to supporting people in the most personalized, community-based way possible, providing the supports each person needs to grow and become a part of their community. Over the past several decades we have helped nearly 27,000 people move out of institutional settings and into community-based settings to live life to the fullest in the most integrated setting possible.

The successes we’ve seen as individuals make the transition to a community-based setting have been tremendous, with people having the opportunity for more control over their lives, as well as the support and friendship of those in the community that they interact with on a daily basis.

We wanted to share some of the wonderful stories of community transition and the profound positive changes community living makes in the lives of people with developmental disabilities, and in the lives of the people around them. Now, you can experience some of those stories in a new video series entitled Transitions.

The video segments portray, through personal stories, the successful transition of individuals receiving OPWDD services from segregated, institutional settings to integrated, community-based opportunities. The stories focus on their living situations, workplace, daily activities, relationships, and how OPWDD supports and services are assisting them with their move to the community.

In addition to the Transitions video, we also recently released an informational brochure “Community..Get Into It!” for people interested in making the transition from an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) to a smaller, community based setting that offers more personal attention, quieter settings, and more chances to enjoy the community.