Self Direction is New York State’s current self-determination program. Self-direction empowers people to design supports based on their unique strengths and needs so they can live the life they want. Individuals and families work together with a team to customize services such as Community Habilitation, Respite and more.
Individuals interested in Self-directing their services should *Reside in Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins Counties or parts of Broome, Chemung, Stueben, Seneca, Schyler, Cayuga, and Onondaga counties *Have OPWDD approval for services, *Be enrolled in Care Management services, and *Have HCBS Waiver Services Authorization
Individuals may be referred for services through their Care Manager. Individuals who do not yet have OPWDD approval may contact their local Service Access Coordinator for assistance.
You are invited to an OPWDD Family Support Services Parent Network training, specially developed for advocates of individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, and open to all who are interested! Join Lydia from Open the Lid for a free, interactive ZOOM Workshop and come away with four simple strategies that will guide you and your family toward the life you want to live without burnout.October 1, 2021
Racker's Independence Workshops are an informative Zoom series, addressing the essential skills associated with independence at home and in the community.October 3, 2021
Come walk, roll or stroll with us! We'll also be having a picnic and playing some games! Open to members of the self-advocacy group "Other Voices in the 607". To become a member, please contact Jennifer Frank at JenniferF@racker.org.October 5, 2021
Dr. Temple Grandin speaks on how to nurture and turn talents and special interests into paid work!October 19, 2021
Led by Lydia Dolch, M.A., Sp.Ed - Empowerment Coach and Founder of Open The Lid