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November 2, 2021
Adult Life, Work

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is a state agency that supports people who have:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Some traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Other disabilities with specific testing scores on IQ/adaptive skills tests

Services Available

Certain services, such as supported employment and day habilitation, have been affected by COVID related closures, and are operating remotely or at partial capacity until further notice.

  • Care Coordination
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Independent living
  • Socialization services
  • Residential care
  • Self-direction services
  • Day programs
  • Respite

Application Process

  • Contact eligibility officer at local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO). There is one in each borough.
  • Sign up for a Front Door orientation session online. Certifications for completing front Door session are no longer being provided. OPWDD will keep a running record for all those that attend a session.
  • Gather all required documents. Save all copies of all documents you submit and all documents you receive from OPWDD.
  • Begin looking into Care Coordination Organization (CCO) providers.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • A psychological evaluation, within three years, that includes IQ testing and Vineland Adaptive. Behavior Scales (69 or below; however for individuals with autism, this number can vary)
  • Psycho-social and/or social history report, dated within last 365 days.
  • Social evaluation, dated within last 365 days, that is completed by an approved provider (see guide linked below).
  • Medical physical (the same type of physical you would send to a school) dated within last 365 days.

For more information about eligibility, please refer to the Front Door: Access to Services Guide.

Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs)


2400 Halsey Street

Bronx, NY 10461

(718) 430-0757


888 Fountain Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11208

(718) 642-8576


25 Beaver Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10004

(646) 766-3220


80-45 Winchester Blvd.

Queens Village, NY 11427

(718) 217-6485

Staten Island

1150 Forest Hill Road

Staten Island, NY 10314

(718) 982-1913