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Hamaspik Hosts another Full “Front Door” Disability Services Event

Hamaspik of Rockland County hosted yet another successful “Front Door” community orientation event at its central Monsey headquarters on Wednesday, October 18.

 

The event is a regular presentation at a community venue by regional leaders of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

 

It’s geared for parents and family members of children and adults with disabilities, introducing them to the wealth of services and supports available from the OPWDD through leading community non-profits like Hamaspik and worthy others.

 

The OPWDD’s Front Door initiative, now a few years old, combines both introduction to and signing up for services in one streamlined process, making it easier for individuals to apply and be approved for them.

 

A key part of Front Door is bringing the OPWDD’s services and supports right into the heart of the communities it serves—with longtime partners like Hamaspik regularly tapped to host orientation events.

 

Responding to an advertising campaign in local print media, several dozen community members found themselves seated in the Hamaspik Terrace Hall at 58 Route 59 in Monsey on October 18th.

 

Front Door Supervisor Beth Imperial-Rogers, DDPS I and Ileana Ruiz, LMSW II of the OPWDD presented another Front Door orientation session to the Hamaspik crowd, walking attendees through the plethora of available programs and professionally fielding a number of important audience questions.  The audience was treated to an informational and eye-opening video representation, illustrating the services and supports currently available to individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

The importance of the community outreach event was underscored by the substantial inquiries into services for individuals with autism—reflecting not just the increasing attention OPWDD is giving the developmental disorder, but growing community awareness, too.

 

As one Hamaspik staffer present correctly put it: “individuals with autism are emerging: entitlements and supports are available for them.”