Developmental Disabilities Awareness month promotes understanding of developmental disabilities and inclusion of people who have developmental disabilities. Increased awareness leads to greater access to education, health care, employment, and community living opportunities for everyone.

During the month of March, Starbridge encourages you to check out the following resources –

What are developmental disabilities?

The CDC offers comprehensive resources including information about specific disabilities, resources, and articles - http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/index.html

What supports are available in NYS?

The website for the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shares information and answers questions for self-advocates, families, and service providers. http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/

What has changed in NY over the last generation?

OPWDD’s video “Communities in Transition” highlights many positive changes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJfHG_-tyfk

What events or webinars are happening around NYS?

Disability News, hosted by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC), offers articles, events and webinars from contributors across NYS. - http://disabilitynews.ny.gov/

Is there an organization for people who have developmental disabilities who want to work together and make their voices heard?

New York State (NYS) Partners in Policymaking® – www.nyspip.org – Partners is a leadership training opportunity for people who have developmental disabilities and family members. Graduates of PIP join a statewide and national graduate network and become eligible for follow-up activities and advanced training.

Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS) – http://sanys.org – “The Self-Advocacy Association is a strong voice for and by people with disabilities. SANYS promotes independence, empowerment, leading by example, communicating, networking and encouraging each other.”

What about programs for youth?

Together Including Every Student (TIES) – www.starbridgeinc.org/tiesprogram – promotes the participation of students and young adults who have developmental disabilities in inclusive, organized extracurricular and community activities through the support of trained student volunteers. TIES has programs in many of the region’s school districts.

Building Bridges through Disability Awareness – http://www.starbridgeinc.org/how-we-can-help/community-transformation/building-bridges – Starbridge staff are experts in understanding disabilities and in working with schools, organizations, and community groups in a positive, engaging fashion to help them see that we are all people first. Contact us today to arrange a presentation for your group!

What resources are available for people who have disabilities and who are working or seeking work?

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN)– https://askjan.org/indiv/index.htm – provides information about accommodations and rights and guidance for job seekers.

At Starbridge, our Employment Counselors and Benefits Advisors can work with you to develop skills, search for jobs, succeed on the job, and manage your benefits while working.

 

Throughout the month, we will share information, links, and videos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you aren't following us there already, check us out!