Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Community Inclusion


Here’s a chance for you to make a difference!

Across New York State, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are spending more time in the same jobs, classes, clubs and other activities as their peers without disabilities.  By extending a warm welcome and offering support and friendship, we can learn from one another and grow together. Everyone needs a little support to be part of a community. Let’s plant the seeds of community inclusion and make sure people of all abilities feel welcome.  A community isn’t a community unless all of its members are able to take part.  

Here’s what you can do to help plant the seeds of community inclusion:

  • Fill out a digital postcard on this page to help welcome people of all abilities to the community.
  • Post your own Welcome video, photo or written message on Facebook or Twitter by posting a message and include hashtags #nysopwdd #welcome.
  • Introduce yourself to someone new.
  • Welcome people of all abilities into your business or place of work as patrons and employees.
  • Invite people of all abilities to join local groups or organizations.
  • Welcome people of all abilities into your place of worship.

Use elements of the attached Welcome toolkit which includes Facebook and Twitter banners, sample social media posts and a poster to hang in your window. People with disabilities, self-advocates and support staff can take part by:

  • Introducing yourselves to neighbors and businesses
  • Volunteering locally
  • Taking part in local gardening groups to help “plant the seeds of community inclusion”