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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The list below addresses many of the questions you might have on intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and the way that we work with our clients.

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The term Developmental Disabilities refers to a variety of conditions that become apparent during childhood and cause mental or physical limitations. These conditions include autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and other impairments. Developmental disabilities have a variety of causes, which can occur before, during, or after birth.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities can apply for OPWDD supports and services. Eligibility is determined through a review to see if you, or your family member, has a qualifying condition.
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is an executive agency in the state of New York, whose mission is to provide services and conduct research for those with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities.
Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices. The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has established regions that allow for better coordination of services with the State Office of Mental Health, State Department of Health and other agencies.
Self-direction gives you the ability to choose the supports and services that are right for you so you can live the life you want. You choose if you want to manage your own budget and staff or if you want help from an agency. Click here for a OPWDD's 'How-To Guide to Starting Self-Directed Services'.
Click here for a full glossary of self-direction terms.
The Front Door is the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ process for deciding eligibility for services.
The DDP2 is the Developmental Disabilities Profile. Discussions with the individual, family and circle of support, and the needs and preferences of the individual are recorded. Decisions related to service authorizations are based on the information gathered about the individual and their support needs.
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