If you have a child with a disability, they may qualify for additional services through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Parent Network of WNY’s Eligibility Navigator can assist families in Erie and Niagara Counties with completing the necessary paperwork to get the eligibility process started.

Children from Birth through Age Seven (7)

  • Do not need a specific diagnosis
  • Require a 12-month delay in one or more functional areas:
    • Physical
    • Cognitive
    • Language
    • Social
    • Daily Living Skills 

Download our flyer: FSS Eligibility Navigator Program

Support is Available from OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities) for:

  • Care Coordination
  • Respite
  • After School Programs
  • Behavior Services
  • Residential Opportunities 
  • Community Habilitation
  • Employment Programs
  • Assistive Technology
  • Day Services
  • Environmental Modification

To Receive OPWDD Services a person must have:
A qualifying disability before age 22 AND significant challenges that limit their ability to function in comparison to their typical peers.

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Familial Dysautonomia
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Prader Willi Syndrome
  • Any other condition that causes impairment in general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior

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