IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein likely Senate co-president or better next year, insiders say.
A group of parents and caregivers have filed a class action lawsuit accusing Governor Cuomo’s administration of failing to provide enough group home living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
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Direct Support Professionals Week Spotlight on – Shedlyn Bien-Amie
Shedlyn Bien-Amie lives in Spring Valley, NY and works as a Direct Support Professional in CP of NYS Affiliate Jawonio’s Without Walls (WOW) Program. Read more HERE
Direct Support Professionals Week Spotlight on – Bernadette Dorisca
Bernadette Dorisca is originally from Haiti, currently resides in Garnerville, NY and works at Jawonio, a CP of NYS Affiliate in Rockland County. Read more HERE.
Direct Support Professionals Week Spotlight on – Myra Fearon
Myra Fearon lives in Brooklyn and has been a direct support professional for CP of NYS Metro Services for 10 years.Read her story HERE.
Spotlight on Deborah Hardy
My name is Deborah Hardy, and I live in Roosevelt, NY. I currently work at Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc (CP Nassau). I’ve been employed with the organization since February of 2014. Prior to working at CP Nassau, I ran a day care. In addition to running my day care, I cared for my sickly mother. In doing so, I realized that I truly enjoy assisting others.
After the loss of my mother, I wanted to be there for others who were in need of assistance. CP Nassau is located in my local community and I knew I could be of assistance to individuals who receive services from the organization.
The most rewarding part of my job is supporting the individuals that are being served. I enjoy working with the participants in my program. It brings me joy to see smiles on their faces daily. In their own ways, they express their love and appreciation for my support and that motivates me to continue doing what I do. I provide assistance, support and encouragement to the individuals that attend program. The individuals I support have various physical and/or intellectual disabilities. I assist them with preparing and eating their meals, using the restroom, walking and/or getting around in their wheelchair and managing their money. I am here to motivate them and encourage them to maximize their abilities.
I attend on-going and annual trainings on how to best assist individuals with a wide array of disabilities. I’ve been trained on methods of feeding individuals that have difficulty eating and swallowing, lifting and transferring individuals in and out of their wheelchairs, how to assist someone experiencing a seizure and how to identify and report abuse. I love what I do and I believe that I am making a difference everyday!
Direct Support Professional Thank You
I like what Brikney does for me. She does it in an orderly fashion. She takes me to the bathroom and gets me my lunch. She drives me to and from my program. She is a good person because she cares so much. Thank you.
SED has announced the appointment of a new assistant commissioner of special education.
CP of NYS to celebrate 70th anniversary at Annual Conference. Read more HERE
Find more information about the 2016 CP of NYS Annual Conference HERE
To commemorate National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, September 11-17, the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition has called on Governor Cuomo and all state legislators to honor New York’s more than 100,000 direct support professionals and other direct care workers by providing the funding needed so these dedicated, trained professionals can earn a living wage.