December 3, 2020
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Join family groups, other advocates for Dec. 9 virtual rally to Save Our Services
There is a virtual rally on Zoom on December 9, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to combat harmful cuts to services.
Please promote this rally and share this information with your communities.
(We make it easy for you: Click here to share CP's Facebook post.)
This event is being organized by family groups, including NYC FAIR, L.I.A.N.D.D., ENYDDA, NYADD and NYC Developmental Disabilities (DD) Councils: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.
Scheduled speakers include Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Gustavo Rivera, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Assembly members Angelo Santabarbara and Mary Beth Walsh. The family groups have also invited the Governor and the OPWDD Commissioner.
Meeting ID: 819 8581 4195
Passcode: 477149
To join by phone, dial 1-929-205-6099 and use the meeting and passcode numbers above.
In advance of the rally, advocates are invited to send stories and pictures of family members to for a montage that will be shown during the rally.
NADSP Survey: Providing Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are sharing an opportunity from The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) for Direct Support Professionals to provide input about the impact of COVID-19 on their work and lives, and the resources that would best support them. While it is not mandatory, the survey feedback will be incredibly valuable, and we strongly encourage you to forward the survey to the direct support professionals that you employ. Their answers will be anonymous. National and state-specific results from the survey will be shared widely in March 2021. 
A similar survey of DSPs was conducted by ICI and NADSP in the spring of 2020 and completed by more than 9,000 DSPs. Those results are available here. The new survey is for both DSPs who completed the earlier survey and those who did not.
Salary Enhancement funding resolutions due Dec. 22
OPWDD requires that a Board Resolution be submitted to OPWDD within ninety (90) days of the provider’s receipt of any 2020 Salary Enhancement funding. If your agency has not yet submitted the resolution, the due date is December 22, 2020.
New Intensive SEMP Request form
Click here to download the new Request to Bill OPWDD Intensive SEMP Services form.
The form will be discussed at the next CP State Day & Employment Committee meeting on December 15.
NY's first vaccine delivery expected on December 15
According to Governor Cuomo, if all safety and efficacy approvals are granted, New York’s first vaccine delivery is expected on December 15 and will include enough doses for 170,000 New Yorkers.
CP Affiliates integral in NYDA COVID-19 Data Project
CP State Affiliates have been collaborating with New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) and Syracuse University on an ongoing project to collect and analyze weekly COVID-19 data from voluntary I/DD providers. This data helps inform our understanding of the risks of COVID-19 for people with I/DD, strengthen our pandemic response, and support our advocacy efforts.
Most recently, the data was used in the Framework for The Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The I/DD population and the NYDA studies are discussed on pages 120-126. 
Workshops start this weekend!
NYC Ballet offering holiday workshops geared toward children with I/DD
Our partners at the New York City Ballet are again offering workshops for children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Each Saturday from December 5-19, Journey to the Land of the Sweets in these 45-minute movement workshops exploring the music, movement, and themes of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Each workshop will be led by a NYCB dancer and will include a warm-up and choreography inspired by this treasured holiday classic.
Movement options will be offered throughout, and young movers of all abilities and their siblings are welcome.
Workshop livestreams are free of charge, but advance registration is required. For $15 per workshop, users get access to the workshop recording until January 4, 2021, a Nutcracker coloring page, and Nutcracker activity page
Public comment period for OPWDD Comprehensive HCBS Waiver Amendment open until December 18
OPWDD has opened public comment on the draft Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Amendment that they are seeking to make effective April 1, 2021.
The HCBS Waiver is the Medicaid program that provides opportunities for over 88,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive services in their own home or community. Click here to read the full text of the waiver.
Written comments will be accepted from November 10, 2020 through December 18, 2020 and may be submitted by mail to: OPWDD, Division of Policy and Program Development, 44 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12229 or by e-mail to:
For more information, including a summary and previous versions of the waiver, click here.
Google’s Project Euphonia helps individuals with impaired speech use voice-activated tech
On today’s Affiliate Update call, Susan mentioned CP Unlimited's involvement in Google’s Project Euphonia, designed to improve how speech recognition systems recognize impaired speech. The project is designed to refine the speech recognition algorithms that drive devices like Google Home, Alexa, and other voice-activated technologies by introducing atypical speech patterns from individuals with disabilities.
Click here for more information. Clicking on the “Record phrases” button in the upper righthand corner will bring you to the application an individual would need to fill out before participating in the project.
CP State featured as Litmos Customer Story
Our partners SAP Litmos recently featured CP State's use of the online learning platform to provide efficient and thorough training for Affiliate staff.
We provide top-level professional development courses within our online learning library!
For more information contact:
Tim Ferguson
Director of Online Learning