Click Here to Register today to attend the 2020 NY Alliance DSP Celebration Event taking place from 9:00AM-1:00PM on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with your individual link for joining the event. Following the live event, this page will transform into resources and recordings from the event. 

    Questions? Please contact Kate Connally or Lisa Mount


    Emcee for the Celebration:
    Asheley Blaise, Region 4 Lead, Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation

    8:30am - 9:00am
    Welcome with Messages

    9:00am - 9:45am
    Keynote: Reaching Our Peak Potential - View Recording
    Randy Pierce, Founder & President, 2020 Vision Quest

    A journey of gratitude and achievement together As a completely blind adventurer, author and speaker Randy Pierce guides a unique experience. These are truly challenging times and much like your work enables, adversity can be a catalyst for learning and growth if we learn to adapt our vision and choose the right response. This will be an emotional and uplifting journey with messages and methodologies essential to these times. Perspectives on problem-solving, communication and ability awareness provide a foundation for overcoming obstacles and re-evaluating limitations.

    9:45am - 10:00am             
    FREE ASL Performance of Mariah Carey's song Hero - View Recording

    The ASL (American Sign Language) Performers are a group of dynamic individuals that enjoy expressing themselves using American Sign Language. They regularly meet to learn sign language and began by learning a few songs. This quickly grew into a passion project and they wanted to share what they had learned with the community. The group has performed at local malls for the holiday season and alongside our FREE Players Ensemble and various events.

    10:00am - 10:45am

    Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT) Celebrates & Recognizes YOU, Our Essential Workforce - View Recording
    Check Out RCWT's DSP Celebration Video Too!
    Join the Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation for a fun and engaging session of celebration and recognition of YOU, our essential workforce. Direct Support Professionals have the biggest influence in the lives of the people they support. We’ll take a few minutes to recognize the incredible work of DSP’s in the face of a pandemic and to just have some good old fashioned fun together as we reinforce the importance of competency in your work!

    Visit the RCWT website at workforcetransformation.org for FREE resources and virtual training opportunities!
    Like & Follow RCWT on Facebook: @RCWTNY

    10:45am - 11:00am           
    Thank You DSP Videos - View Video
    Marco Damiani of AHRC NYC; Liz Weintraub, Self-Advocate; Willie, DSP with Autism Society, Inc.; Liz Smith of Unity House of Cayuga County

    11:00am - 11:45am           
    DSP Awards Presentation - Congratulations to All DSPs - View Recording
    Northern – John (Harry) Waldbillig (Advocates, Inc.)
    Capital Region – Ninive "Sonnie" Newman (COARC)
    Western – Ginger Mercado (Arc Wayne)
    New York City – Ronny Soto (Goodwill)
    Mid-Hudson – Edwin Pintor (IAHD – The Institutes for Applied Human Dynamics)
    Long Island – Alamandana “Stacy” Forbes (Center for Developmental Disabilities)

    11:45am - 12:00pm
    Thank You DSP Videos - View Video
    Chris Lyons of Aim Services, Inc; Keith Little, Susan Moran, Heath Bloch & Anthony Shade of SCO Family of Services; NYS Senator Anna Kaplan
    NYS Assemblyman Angela Santabarbra; Mykee Fowlin 

    12:00pm - 12:45pm           
    Words of Encouragement - Reflections from a Pandemic and Moving Forward to Professionalism
    Joseph Macbeth, NADSP President and CEO

    Each Friday since late March, the NADSP has shared “Words of Encouragement videos from friends and colleagues across North America expressing their affection, thanks and praise to the direct support workforce. These videos – sometimes emotional, sometimes provocative, sometimes funny, always sincere – were created to show direct support professionals that their commitment to people with disabilities during the pandemic was being recognized and offered encouragement to maintain excellence. This session will reflect on the nature of direct support practice and how it required resourcefulness, flexibility, and creativity during very uncertain times. We will also begin a discussion on the promises we must make to direct support professionals in a post-COVID world and advance direct support into a profession that is worthy of all the praise that’s been shared.

    12:45pm - 1:00pm
    Closing Remarks
    Ann Hardiman, Chief Innovation Officer, New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation

    Thank You
    DSP Event


    AIM Services, Inc.

    The Alternative Living Group

    Another Step, Inc.

    The Arc Erie County NY

    Arc Herkimer

    The Arc Jefferson-St. Lawrence

    Autism Society, Inc.

    Cardinal Hayes Home for Children

    Cardinal McCloskey Community Services

    East End Disability Associates

    Exceptional Family Resources

    Job Path, Inc.

    Liberty Arc


    New Horizons Resources

    Onondaga Community Living

    Opengate, Inc.

    Oswego County Opportunities


    The Resource Center

    SCO Family of Services

    Unity House of Cayuga County


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