It is the mission
of Disabled Persons Action Organization
to provide quality and effective individualized services to developmentally disabled children and adults in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.  The services are primarily geared toward helping families cope with the stress of caring for their disabled loved ones.

Welcome to the online home of Disabled Persons Action Organization!

For 40 years, DPAO has provided needed services to residents of Jefferson and Lewis Counties.  We encourage you to learn more about the programs and services of our organization.  We also hope that you return regularly to this site for up to date information on our cultural productions as well as our Summer Concert Series.

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Check out this clip of DPAO's Founder, Joe Rich, doing an interview for Project North Country with Jason Smith!  Joe talks about the history of DPAO and the 2016 Summer Concert Series!

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BIG THANK YOU to First Round Bar & Lounge, all who helped out, the businesses and people who donated items and money, and everyone who attended the Autism Awareness Fundraiser on April 23rd!  First Round could have picked many worthy organizations to receive a portion of the proceeds and we are extremely grateful that they picked DPAO!  A great night of fun for a great cause!  Thank you First Round for all of your efforts and to F.X. Caprara for matching the proceeds!   





Davidson Check

Disabled Persons Action Organization has won the “Davidson Gives Back, Charity Giveaway Program” sponsored by the Davidson Automotive Group.  This was Davidson’s third year donating to a local charity.  Sara Davidson, Brand Marketing Manager, for the Davidson Auto Group said “this community has been great to us, supported us, supported our business over all the year so we really just want to give back.” 


DPAO received the most votes in the contest that began Tuesday, December 1st and ended Friday, January 1, 2016.  DPAO was one of four not-for-profit organizations selected by Davidson Auto Group to be part of the contest.  Sara Davidson, of the Davidson Auto Group, said that “there were so many great charities; it was truly hard to choose just four.”  The other groups competing were:  The Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties, Feed our Vets and Heartbeats For Madden.   


Sara Davidson, of the Davidson Auto Group, recently presented Cindy FitzPatrick, Executive Director of DPAO, with the $5,000 check at the William J. McClusky Center located on Davidson Street in Watertown (see attached photo).


“Supplies get a lot of wear and tear.  We have a lot of individuals, children and adults we serve and we’re always needing to replace and buy new things so we’ll put towards the people that we serve so they’ll directly enjoy it,” said DPAO Executive Director Cindy FitzPatrick. 


Disabled Persons Action Organization


Corporate Offices:  617 Davidson Street • PO Box 222 Watertown, New York 13601 • (315) 782-3577 • (800) 533-2859 ● (315) 782-6673 (Fax)

William J. McClusky Day Habilitation Center:  633 Davidson Street ● Watertown, New York 13601 ● (315) 782-5285
Free Standing Respite Homes:  652 Thompson Street ● Watertown, New York 13601 ● (315) 782-2485 /
22952 Pamelia Avenue ● Watertown, New York 13601



Lewis County Offices:  Village Square • Lyons Falls, New York 13368 • (315) 348-8380

Lewis County Free Standing Respite Home:  5205 Ebbly Road ● Lowville, New York 13367 ● (315) 376-8327