Helping People With Loss

Friday, October 13, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presented by: Donna Dorsey


Come discuss and learn about helping your loved one (or yourself) through grief and loss.  We will talk about anticipatory "pre" grief, current losses and recovery.  The seminar is participatory and will also include helpful stress management techniques.



Home, Housing and Community Opportunities

Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presented by: Anne Murphy, LMSW, Director of Housing and Development


Anne Murphy, Wildwood Programs Director of Home and Housing Development, will discuss the types of residential and home supports available, how to access services through the “Front Door”, and the new continuum of services that are available through OPWDD, which range from traditional agency-led supports to self-directed supports. Information will be provided on the benefits of partnership between family, individual and service provider and the advantages of a Circle of Support. Anne is well versed in environmental modifications and assistive technology and can offer suggestions about securing funding and practical uses of technology in the home. Please contact Anne Murphy at if you have specific topics that you’d like her to address during this workshop.




The Transitional Spectrum for Children

Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Scott Iovinella and John Clausson


During this workshop you will be provided with a general overview of service transition throughout school, options after graduation, the current state of OPWDD and what you can be doing NOW to prepare your son or daughter for their life after graduation.  It is NEVER too early to gather information and learn about these services.  Parents and guardians of children in all age ranges are encouraged to attend.

* Please note that for this workshop we will only have 5 openings for staff members: Parent/Guardian presence is strongly encouraged.



Tantrums, Tears, and Timeout: Helping Your Child with ASD Overcome Challenging Behavior

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presented by: Dr. Kristen Knapp-Ines, Clinical Investigator from The Center of Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)


This two-hour training addresses ways to define your child’s challenging behavior and ways to track that behavior. You will also learn about user-friendly tools that help determine the function of behavior along with strategies based on that function. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based strategies that can be implemented in the home environment.



Vocational Opportunities

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Jennifer DeCosmo, Director of Pre-Vocational Services


Do you want to learn more about employment services for adults with disabilities?

Please join us to discuss the different services offered by both OPWDD and ACCES-VR. You will learn how to apply to these services, the requirements needed, and the types of services available. Learn how these services can help you or your family member find employment.










All workshops will take place at:


Wildwood Programs, 1190 Troy-Schenectady Road, Building 1, Latham, NY 12110. The trainings will be held in the conference rooms on the third floor.


Light refreshments will be served!


To Register – call (518) 640-3300


For questions only, please contact Michelle Singh at (518) 640-3350


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