The week of September 10th has been declared National Direct Support Professionals Week in an effort to recognize and express appreciation for the work of community providers supporting our friends, family and neighbors with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene employs over 900 direct support staff of which 8 have recently been certified through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, and 2 through SUNY Ulster. Our direct support staff includes residential specialists, program specialists, community habilitation specialists, recreation specialists and job coaches. Some of their daily responsibilities may include helping a person learn to cook a meal, navigate their community by using a local bus, discover local non-profits that need volunteers, read a menu at their favorite restaurant or master a new task at their place of employment.
Each support staff work together on focusing to ensure that all people with disabilities are respected as individuals, are empowered to make choices, big and small, and to learn the skills they need to improve their engagement and productivity in everyday life.
“National Direct Support Professionals Week is a time to show our gratitude for all the dedicated staff that work at The Arc of Ulster-Greene. We are honored to have talented and compassionate, staff that enriches peoples lives every day.” John McHugh, Executive Director
During National Direct Support Professionals Week, The Arc of Ulster-Greene encourages everyone to learn about the supports provided by DSPs and help us advocate for public policies that will improve the lives of many people. Every citizen should know the vital work performed by DSPs and ensure those services are available when they or someone they know need them.