For the convenience of families, DDRO presents Front Door information sessions in our community. Three times per year, Ontario ARC is one of the host sites for the sessions. They are also available at other locations throughout our region.

What is the Front Door?

Opening the door to a richer, fuller life—that’s the goal of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Front Door, a person-centered approach to planning supports for people with developmental disabilities.

The Front Door process will guide you through the steps involved in finding out if you are eligible for services with the OPWDD, identify your needs, and help you work on a plan for getting those services.

The Front Door process seeks to provide culturally competent services that are inclusive of language, ability and traditional values to support individuals and family members.

Where Do I Begin?

To help you get ready to plan for OPWDD services, you will be asked to attend an information session. The information session is a way for you to learn valuable information about:

  • The supports and services that may be right for you, and how to access them
  • The options that exist for helping individuals and families
  • How the Front Door process works

Upcoming Front Door Sessions

2017 Front Door Information Sessions will take place on March 6th, July 10th, and November 6th, 2017 from 3PM – 5PM at Ontario ARC.

2018 Front Door Information Sessions will take place on March 6th, July 30th, and November 19th, 2018 from 3PM – 5PM at Ontario ARC.

These sessions will offer participants an understanding of OPWDD’s mission and purpose, the process to become eligible for OPWDD supports and services, types of supports and services available, and where individuals and families can go to get assistance.

To reserve your spot at one of our Front Door Sessions, contact Lynn White Sohn at (585) 919-2125 or lsohn@ontarioarc.org.