Through OPWDD, students can access supports and services that can help family members to support them living at home; assist students with living on their own in the community of their choice; help if they want to work, take part in volunteer opportunities or other types of community involvement; and assist with accessing services they need to live their life, including connecting them to clinical or therapeutic supports.


Some of the many services include:

  • Parent advocacy training
  • Service coordination
  • Family support services and financial counseling
  • Residential support
  • Supported Employment
  • Community support services (in-home support, respite)
  • Self-Determination
  • Environmental Modifications (adaptive equipment)
  • Healthcare (Medicaid)
  • Benefits Advisement


Source: The Parent Network of WNY



Application Process for OPWDD

For more detailed information, select the link below provided by OPWDD:


OPWDD Welcome Packet





     OPWDD is a state agency that supports people who have:
Developmental Disabilities
Intellectual Disabilities
Some Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Down Syndrome
Other disabilities with specific testing scores on IQ/adaptive skills tests

     Services Available:
Care Coordination
Independent living
Socialization services
Residential care
Self-direction services
Day programs