OPWDD: Virtual Parent Training registration information

Independent Living, Inc. and the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities Family Support Services are offering a training series for students with disabilities and learning differences and their families. There is no cost associated with this training. It is funded by OPWDD Family Support Services.

To participate in any (or all) of the above parent training sessions, please email Lisa Cohen at Lcohen@myindependentliving.org for link and any materials provided.

Any questions regarding the sessions, please feel free to reach out to Lisa Cohen at 845-415-2511; Diane Troeller at (845) 565-1162, ext. 243; or Jennifer Sutton at 845-565-1162, ext. 231.

Office of People with Developmental Disabilities

  • Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 3 (10 a.m.); Thursday, Oct. 12 (6 p.m.)
  • Description: This workshop provides an overview of the eligibility criteria, process and benefits for children through OPWDD.

ADHD/LD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder & Learning Disabilities

  • Dates: Tuesday, Nov. 14 (10 a.m.); Thursday, Nov. 30 (6 p.m)
  • Description: This workshop gives an overview of disabilities often present in classrooms and schools (specifically ADHD & Learning Disabilities). This workshop provides staff and/or parents with understanding of specific disabilities, possible accommodations and strategies to meet the needs of students.


  • Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 5 (10 a.m.); Thursday, Dec. 14 (6 p.m.)
  • Description: This workshop will review the IEP requirement for transition along with the different options that are available to students with disabilities post high school.

Understanding the IEP (Line by Line)

  • Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 9 (10 a.m.); Thursday, Jan. 18 (6 p.m.)
  • Description: This workshop will take a deep dive in the Individualized Education Plan. We will look at each section and discuss the purpose/importance of accurate information.

Guardianship/Power of Attorney & Supported Decision Making

  • Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 6 (10 a.m.); Thursday, Feb. 15 (6 p.m.)
  • Description: This workshop defines the topic terms and their differences, and provides insight on obtaining the legal designation. Additionally, new rights and responsibilities that come into effect once a child reaches 18 years of age will be discussed as well.

Behavior Management at Home

  • Dates: Thursday, April 11 (6 p.m.); Thursday, April 18 (10 a.m.)
  • Description: This workshop will help in understanding and preventing negative behaviors and provide strategies to address behavior and concerns.