The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 650 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.
A new state law now makes identification cards available to people who have a medically diagnosed developmental disability. These new I/DD ID cards are meant to be presented to law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel to aid in the communication process.
YAI is a network of agencies offering people with developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services across the lifespan. YAI’s workforce of over 5,000 employees, provide information and referral services, early childhood and school age programs, family support services, primary and specialty healthcare, mental health and rehabilitation services, day services, employment training and placement, and residential opportunities.
RCSN is New York City’s only independent nonprofit organization that works for families and children with all disabilities, across all boroughs, to understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to develop their full potential.
The goal of Special Needs Family Planning is to help make a positive difference in the life of a person with a disability, their parents/caregivers, and other family members. Individuals and families come to Stuart Flaum, Managing Director, to develop not just a financial plan but a life care plan. Stuart assists families with developing valuable financial strategies that first identify financial goals and concerns, then offer solutions to reach those goals. Stuart develops a visual flow chart with written explanations on which government programs and social services may be appropriate, establishing timelines, and eligibility requirements for the many, varied government and social service programs. Self-Direction and Financial Planning are life care strategies that are changing how parents and individuals with developmental disabilities reach for successful outcomes. As a parent of an adult son with developmental disabilities, and passionate advocate, Stuart Flaum has walked the walk and understands the issues families face.
The Difflearn blog collaborates with trusted professionals and parents to share experiences, concerns, new and exciting products and events and best of all, our collective treasure of information. DRFL earning carries over 500 products carefully selected to support the Autism Community. Everything from basic flashcards, books and timers to advanced social skills tools to support children with autism at every step of their program.