Hi, and welcome to the New York Self-Determination Coalition (NYSELFD) Blog!

We are a group of parents, and a few professionals, who care about and support self- determined people with developmental disabilities. We are not funded or paid, and we are not sponsored by any governmental or voluntary agency.


Please Note: OPWDD has restructured self-direction and as of October I, 2014, it is no longer called CSS. The full name is Self-Direction with Budget and Employer Authority: In our materials we will call it Self-Direction.


Our only agenda? To promote self-determined lives for people with developmental disabilities.

As parents, we feel we have a unique voice, and hope to use this blog to:

  • Share our families’ experiences with self-determination

  • Update you on political issues that affect self-determination

  • Alert you to interesting conferences and resources

  • Answer your questions (or refer you to someone who can)