DSP Celebration Event & DSP Nominations

    September 09, 2020
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Via Zoom


    This year in lieu of our regional DSP Conference, we will celebrate DSPs virtually on September 9, 2020.  This virtual celebration of DSPs is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will include featured speakers expressing their thanks to DSPs and offering encouraging words of wisdom, stories from the field; especially about their work during the COVID 19 pandemic. It will include a panel of self-advocates along with prizes and much more.

    Make a Contribution!
    As we celebrate DSPs in this new virtual format agencies will have the opportunity to be recognized as a Contributor of this event.  As a Contributor, you will make a contribution to cover the cost of DSP participation along with prizes to be given as opposed to previous years where there was a per person registration cost.  In turn, your agency will be listed as a Contributor and you may have as many DSPs as you would like to attend the event with no additional cost for participation.

    Today, where so much of what we see and hear is a bit dismaying, we must be the light that shines and inspires each other.  It is essential that DSPs know the work they do is important and that they are appreciated by you and in the field.  Therefore, we invite you to record a short message of thanks and appreciation to DSPs that will be played during the conference.  It will also be shared widely in our conference platform and during the month of September via our social media outlets.  It can be a message from you as CEO, or a Board member, Parent, or Frontline Supervisor.  We will be in touch to discuss the logistics and coordination of making the recording.

    To make a contribution to this event, click the Register Now button above or below this description.

    Nominate a DSP!
    Each Provider Agency is invited to nominate Direct Support Professionals who demonstrate outstanding performance in their role of supporting a person or people with intellectual and developmental disabilities paying particular attention to their essential work during COVID 19. This employee should be a person who demonstrates ethical performance as outlined in the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics, demonstrates skill in all 23 of The NYS DSP Core Competencies.  A DSP who demonstrates creativity and dedication in supporting people with I/DD to have fully enriched lives.

    One DSP from each NY Alliance region will receive recognition during our DSP Celebration Event on September 9th. Please submit as many nominations for DSPs in your organization as you'd like. DSPs not chosen for the Celebration Event will be celebrated throughout National DSP Week via RCWT and the NY Alliance's Social Media Accounts the week of September 12-19, 2020.

    To nominate a DSP, click here to complete our Nomination Form.

    We are excited about this event and the format for celebrating DSPs.  We look forward to you being an integral part of it.  It will be a great time for all, and we believe DSPs will value it and your contribution in celebrating them. In the coming weeks, more information about registering will be shared.  If you have any questions or comments on how you can help to make it more spectacular, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

    Thank you in advance for contributing to the soul of the work.

    Ann M Hardiman, Chief Innovation Officer