Developmental Disabilities

Developmental disabilities (DD) are specific disorders that may occur anytime from before a baby’s birth, up until the age of 22. A developmental disability may take different forms. A developmental disability condition may cause a child to develop more slowly all along, or to have physical difficulties and limitations, or have trouble learning and growing like other children in general. Sometimes an individual has more than one condition or disability.

To be eligible for services through OPWDD:

  • Significant challenges which limit their ability to function in comparison to their non-disabled peers.
  • Become disabled before the age of 22 with:
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Familial Dysautonomia
  • Pradar Will
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Neurological impairment, or
  • Any other condition which causes impairment in general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior.

Children from birth through age seven (7)

  • Do not need a specific diagnosis
  • Require a 12 month delay in one or more functional areas:
    1. Physical, cognitive, language, social and adaptive development
    2. 33% delay in one functional area or 25% delay in two functional areas. For example, a child will have significant delays in both speech and fine motor development.
    3. Testing scores that meet a specific criteria (2 standard deviations below the mean in one functional area or a score of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean in two functional areas).
  • Will be reevaluated for eligibility at age seven (7).

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, familial dysautonomia and neurological impairment (injury, malformation, or disease involving the central nervous System).

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, familial dysautonomia and neurological impairment (injury, malformation, or disease involving the central nervous System).

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Services

Front Door
To access services and assistance from New York State in caring for a child or adult with a disability, you will need to access the “Front Door.” The Front Door is the New York State point of entry for people looking into services for a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Care Coordination Organizations (CCO’s)
Care Coordination Organizations will coordinate both home and community based services for individuals with disabilities as well as health and wellness services.

Support
There are supports that may be available to people who are found eligible for services through OPWDD. These services are designed to help people with developmental disabilities live their life, learn about new things, become employed, and join recreational activities.

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