For more information about our PWDD Services / Programs including eligibility requirements, call:

Day Services-Cayuga, Tompkins
Lee Sullivan, Program Director
315-258-9531 x209 (Auburn)
607-272-1741 x411 (Ithaca)

Residential Services-Cayuga
Renee Choiniere, Program Director
315-258-9531 x217

Residential Services-Tompkins
Amy Santobianco, Program Director
607-272-1741 x422

PWDD Employment Services
Sue Morley, Program Director
315-253-6227 x327

  PWDD Services
Support, Guide, Motivate Individuals With Developmental Disabilities To Achieve Individual Goals, Personal Growth, Greater Independence
Day Habilitation
Cayuga, Tompkins Counties
One-to-one interaction and group sessions with trained staff
Builds consumers' self-worth, independence, and life skills
Assists with volunteer jobs, transportation to and from programs, budgeting and purchasing, behavioral support, skill acquisition and development, health and nutrition, exercise, structured recreation and leisure activities, and community awareness and participation
Full or half-day service provided seven days a week
Auburn, NY after-hours Rec Center to develop socialization and recreation skills
Cayuga, Tompkins, Onondaga Counties

Supervised sites provide 24-hour support by trained staff. Services include behavioral support, medication administration, assistance at medical appointments, financial assistance, nursing oversight, meal preparation, help with nutrition and daily living skills.

Supportive sites include 1-2 person apartments with intermittent staff assistance provided throughout the week. Staff will work with individuals to assist them in living independently within their community. Staff supports will be based on the person’s needs and valued outcomes.
Emergency and Planned Respite is available in Cayuga and Tompkins County. Respite programs have 24-hour staffing.


Self Direction Services

Unity House’s Self-Direction Program partners with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to give them a choice of supports and services that best fits their needs. With Self-Direction’s flexibility, participants may pick and choose the services they want, the staff and the organizations that provide them, and a service schedule that is right for them. Enhancing community involvement and building positive relationships in the community is at the core of Self-Direction.

Unity House offers Fiscal Intermediary services, and has access to Independent Support Broker services, Self-Hire Community Habilitation, and respite services.

For more information about Self-Direction, please contact:
Freddie Wilson III
Program Manager
315-258-9531 x220

  Individualized Support Services (ISS)

ISS (Individualized Support Services) is a program designed to help people live on their own rather than in an OPWDD-certified program or with other family members. ISS provides funding, which, in addition to an individual’s current income, helps to pay necessary bills. It can include start-up funds to assist with such things as security deposit, paying movers, and buying furniture and household goods. It can also be an ongoing contract to assist with monthly expenses.

For more information about ISS, please contact:
Lee Sullivan
Director of Day Services
315.253.6227 x209
  Unity Employment Services (UES)
Cayuga, Onondaga, Ontario, Seneca and Wayne Counties

UES offers intensive/extended supported employment, Pathway to Employment, employment training program, and community pre-voc services. All of these services require the participant to have the HCBS waiver. UES takes a person-centered approach to assist the individual in obtaining their goals.