2011 Interim Report on OPWDD State Plan

New York

State Policies & Initiatives: 

The objective of Employment First is to increase the number of people with developmental disabilities who are working in NYS. Many individuals could be successful in paying jobs with the appropriate level of supports, but for various reasons most individuals participate in other day programs. At the end of 2010, OPWDD supported 9,195 individuals in supported employment programs. Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) is one of the projects offering employment opportunities to individuals who would not likely succeed or qualify for traditional supported employment. Individuals receive greater levels of support, which could consist of person-centered planning, job development or job coaching. Currently, 405 individuals participate in ESEMP, with 259 individuals successfully working in the community. OPWDD anticipates that approximately 700 individuals will participate in this pilot.

  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
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