We celebrate and recognize Direct Support Professionals Week September 13-19, 2015

DSPThankYouSaratoga Bridges, along with other statewide providers who NYS Office of Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) coordinates services with and is the regulatory body for, is pleased to announce that September 13-19 has been designated as Direct Support Professional (DSP) week!

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Join us in recognizing the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) for their vital contribution to our community.  One of our DSP’s is Melissa Benish, who is a 2015 Employees of the Year as well.  She is pictured above with 8 artists who participated in the 15h Annual NYSACRA Juried Art Exhibit held at The Sagamore Resort on Thursday, April 16th.

We are always looking for ways to expand our services.  Based on what our individuals and their families ask of us, we reach out to our staff all the time to ask how we can provide better services,” says Executive Director Valerie Muratori.  She added, “Our dedicated employees give their creativity, energy and passion to their positions, but are often unrecognized throughout the community.  These individuals need to be celebrated as they provide invaluable support and services to persons with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities 24/7, 365 days a year.  They are responsible for their health, safety and emotional well-being, encouraging them to live more meaningful, dignified and productive lives by promoting independence.  In doing so, they positively impact the organization and raise awareness in the community of how our workforce makes a difference every day.”

Saratoga Bridges will be recognizing our devoted, committed staff members throughout the week with various activities.

Each and every day, more than 90,000 direct support professionals across New York carry out our mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities live richer lives.  OPWDD joins Governor Andrew Cuomo and organizations nationwide to pay special tribute to these professionals by celebrating Direct Support Professionals Week.  During this week, an outstanding group of DSPs from throughout New York State are chosen to be honored.  These professionals exemplify the NADSP Code of Ethics for DSPs by promoting —

• Person-Centered Supports
• Physical and Emotional Well-Being
• Integrity and Responsibility
• Confidentiality
• Justice, Fairness and Equity
• Respect
• Relationships
• Self-Determination
• Advocacy

They provide a broad range of supports to help keep individuals with disabilities connected to their families and live successfully in their communities, often putting the needs of others above their own.  Congratulations to every OPWDD Direct Support Professionals of 2015, and thank you to ALL of New York’s DSPs for your commitment to those you support.