Adults 2017-07-27T17:13:29+00:00
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Adults

Adults with disabilities deserve to have their needs supported by caring professionals that have experience with their unique needs. The Community Support Network will help you connect with all the best supports and services to meet the particular needs of individuals and families. Three important resources are detailed below: The Self-Determination Project, Emergency Preparedness and Service Coordination.

Emergency Preparedness

Westchester Institute for Human Development has developed resources to help individuals with developmental disabilities learn about different types of emergencies, what to do in an emergency and how to prepare for an emergency. These resources include informative and interactive videos, a training curriculum for individuals and groups, a Personal Emergency Plan, a Family Guide and a Trainer’s Manual. All resources are free and are available on this site.

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Self Direction and Service Coordination

Westchester Institute for Human Development offers Medicaid Service Coordination through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), not only to the individuals who avail themselves of the services offered within our Institute but to people in the community who are looking for support, advocacy and guidance from coordinators who strongly believe in Person Centered Planning. We model our program around the concepts of choice, promoting individualized services and supports from the development of the Individualized Service Program through its implementation, maintenance and continued evolution. Our focus is to assist each person individually and help them to reach their goals in all aspects of their lives.

Following the same philosophy as our MSC work, with Person Centered Planning at the core, WIHD offers Start-Up and Support brokerage, giving consumers and their advocates the most freedom to make choices that are right for them. Grounded in the principles of Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy the Start-Up/support broker will assist the individual and their Circle of Support to develop a comprehensive Consolidated Support Services plan and budget, establish and maintain cooperative relationships, and foster open communication with all support personnel, connect with their community, and recruit and hire staff that will support their goals and desires.

Contact Liliana Sevilla at lsevilla@wihd.org 

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WIHD Benefit Navigation

People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are eligible for financial benefits from a range of sources. Some of these sources support a need related to a specific disability. Others, like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), provide economic support.

It is important to access these benefits in the most efficient manner in order to remain as independent as possible. WIHD has a Benefit Navigation team of qualified Work Incentive Practitioners who can work with you to get benefits that you are entitled to depending on your disability and individual needs. The team will help you to keep your benefits even if you become employed or receive help from your family.

Find out how financial benefits can help you become more independent.
Contact Marilyn Vitale at mvitale@wihd.org