My name is Donna Irving and I have a child with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, who receives services through Self Direction formerly known as Consolidated Support Services. I have also been Support Staff for individuals in Self Direction for several years now. Since I began working in this field I realized that there was very little connection with other participants or families receiving services through OPWDD. So, I formed Long Island CSS & Friends so that people could connect as well as learn about upcoming events. Last year, I began a Yahoo Group called Long Island CSS as well as I started local meet ups in places such as Wantagh Pool, Adventureland, and Splish Splash. We eventually changed the name of the group to Long Island CSS & Friends, along with adding a Facebook Page. Also, please feel free to check out our blog.
Over the past few months, we have also had meet-ups at several cafes such as Starry Night Cafe, Sip This, Starbucks in Long Beach, Witches Brew, Panera Bread in Bellmore, Roller Skating at United Skates of America and Hot Skate, Wednesday Walkers at the Source Mall, and more to come. I have created this place so that we can support each other, share important information, share resources, share stories, receive support, and participants can make friends with others in Self Direction as well as make new friends in the community.
I look forward to meeting all of you in time at one of our meet-ups.
ISS Self Direction ID Badge:
For Support Staff:
Send a head-shot to TWoodard@issny.org
You should be directed to someone who can help you.
For people w/ disabilities:
There is a fee & you need proof of residence. Contact the DMV for info: Click here
Nassau County Disability Leisure Pass:
Gets Discounts in Nassau County Parks
Go to either Cantiague Park, Wantagh Park, or Eisenhower Park, bring ID & money.
You will have to call whichever park you go to in order to find out more info on what you need to bring.
For Suffolk County (Green Key):
Click here for more info.
Federal Access Pass:
If you do it online, it is $10, but you can go for free at Theodore Roosevelt’s Mansion/Museum in Oyster Bay.
For more info on Sagamore Hill, click here.
For more info on Federal Access Passes, click here.
State Disability Access Pass:
Gets Discounts or Free Admission to State Parks
Click here, then click where it says application & follow the direction. It’s free.