Joseph Rich, DPAO Founder and DPAO
Foundation Board of Directors President, is the recipient
of the Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award.
Click Here to read all about it!
THANK YOU DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS!!!
Thank you to all of our Direct
Support Professionals (DSP’s) for all that you do! We
recognize all of your hard work and the skills necessary for
you to do your job. DSP's have the most impact on
those individuals we serve!
In an effort to continue this
recognition, we plan on spotlighting a Direct Support
Professional of the Month ... every month!
MARCH 2019's DSP ...
Kerry is a very dedicated DSP who has
expanded her work to helping other DSP’s find fun and free
or low cost activities that their participants may be
interested in. Kerry has started a Facebook group where all
DSP’s in the area can post any activities that they find.
This helps individuals budget their activity money
effectively as well as provides opportunities to learn new
things and try something they may not have thought of
before. Kerry consistently goes above and beyond in all
aspects of her job as a DSP and her enthusiasm for our
individuals is truly admirable.
Core Competencies: Being
Active and Productive in Society and Putting People First
FEBRUARY 2019's DSP ...
“I want to nominate Kelsey Fraser for DSP of the Month. She
is working with an individual who she knew prior to working
as his staff. Before she was able to actually work with him,
she came into the office to get his goals and wanted to work
on a plan for him. She knew that he needed to have a set
schedule and set up a schedule that would accommodate him.
They volunteer at different places and go for walks and do
things he enjoys. She acknowledges his accomplishments and
challenges him. This unique staff member puts a lot of time
into her job and the progress he has made shows. I have been
impressed with her since the beginning and she definitely
goes above and beyond.”
First, Getting into the Community & Maintaining Positive
JANUARY 2019's DSP ...
Kenya is a team player! She shows flexibility with her
schedule each week as a DPAO SEMP Job Coach and is willing
to work wherever and whenever she is needed. She is always a
pleasure to be around and always has a smile on her face.
She maintains positive relationships, is passionate
about her work, and is always looking for ways to support
the individuals she provides services to. Kenya continues to
think outside of the box and is very creative. She is very
good with any situation thrown her way!
Demonstrating Professionalism, Putting People First, and
Maintaining Positive Relationships
DECEMBER 2018's DSP ...
Dillon does a
great job getting his individual he works with out into the
community to work on goals. The parent of the individual
Dillon works with stated “Dillon
is very passionate about his job and is such a good role
model and supportive. They have developed a great working
relationship and Dillon is always helping work toward his
goals; they have become a great team and good friends!”
First and Getting into the Community
2018's DSP ...
Taylor St. Louis
"I had the opportunity to observe Taylor
working back in March. OPWDD surveyors were there to observe
meal time which can make any situation more stressful but
Taylor did a great job. She was attentive, professional, and
encouraged the individuals to try to do the most they could
for themselves. She followed everyone’s dietary order and
made the atmosphere feel comfortable and homelike."
Professional, Supporting Health and Wellness, Supporting
Safety, and Supporting a Person’s Potential
2018's DSP ...
Courtney works super hard in Day Habilitation! From playing
games to feeding and toileting individuals, she is often the
first one to volunteer to help someone out no matter what it
is. A lot of the individuals look to Courtney when they are
having a particularly hard time and she is always
compassionate and understanding of their situations. There
have been plenty of times Courtney has had to step up in a
crisis and has proven her ability to maintain control in
keeping everyone safe.
Putting People First and Safety
2018's DSP ...
Tonya has done a
fantastic job demonstrating professionalism from the very
start of her time at DPAO. She takes great care to ensure
that her paperwork (documentation on goals) is completed
correctly and provides detailed notes to track progress.
Tonya has also done a great job of putting people first by
helping her individual work on their goals in creative ways.
Her enthusiasm and support for her individual is an asset to
our agency. We cannot wait to see what great things Tonya's
individual will accomplish with her assistance in the
Core Competency: Professionalism and
Putting People First
2018's DSP ...
Marie does an excellent job working as a Direct Support
Professional! She takes both of her individuals out into the
community to volunteer and shop, among many other
activities. Marie exhibits professionalism when dealing with
challenging behaviors. One of the individuals Marie works
with has a hard time expressing himself and she has taught
him how to communicate verbally and through sign language!
Marie uses sign language as a way of enhancing and
supporting his verbal skills, which have increased since she
began teaching him!
Professionalism, Getting into the Community and Putting
2018's DSP ...
a wonderful example of the core competency of 'Putting
people First'. She is incredibly dedicated to her individual
and ensures that they engage in activities of their
choosing. Brenda demonstrates patience, care, and creativity
in the way she helps her individual reach their personal
goals. It is clear how much Brenda cares about her
individual and helping them discover new interests and
strengthen their skills.
| JUNE 2018's DSP
"Beth is here for our individuals first and
foremost. Working at DPAO is not just a job
for her. As much as she cares for every
individual, they reciprocate that back to
her three times as much! Don’t try to pick
on her because DPAO’s participants will come
for you! It is an on-going joke with some of
us, but it really shows that they love her
dearly. “Don’t mess with my Beth” is heard
often in the office. When Beth brings the
individuals in to drop off the mail or get
soda, she always tells them to keep their
voices down in case we are on the phone. If
we are having a meeting, she makes sure they
enter quietly. Until one of us gets them
excited, then she might as well throw in the
towel! When they are with her, she ensures
they use manners, behave appropriately, and
gets them involved with whatever task they
are sent over to do. Beth puts all 7 core
competencies in action daily!
~ DPAO Employee
Putting People First and Maintaining
MAY 2018's DSP ...
“I would like to nominate Nicole
Bachner. She works with an individual who I am friends with.
I am over protective and worry about him and Nicole goes
above and beyond to ensure he is comfortable and taken care
of. She always makes sure that his needs are met. When he
was hospitalized in Syracuse she visited him on her own
time. On New Year’s Eve he really wanted to go out to
celebrate but due to the impending inclement weather this
was not advisable. Nicole went the day before New Year’s and
brought party hats and pizza to celebrate with him. It is
DSP’s like her who make our individuals happy and content.
She is caring, responsible and dependable!”
Putting People First
APRIL 2018's DSP ...
It goes without saying that Terri goes
above and beyond for the individuals she works with. Recently at the Chili Cook-Off, Terri participated with a
group of our individuals and did a great job with them. Many people were approaching Terri, saying hello and
telling her how much they have missed her. Terri puts
so much time and effort into her position and is greatly
appreciated by many!
Building & Maintaining Positive Relationships, Getting into
the Community and Putting People First
MARCH 2018's DSP ...
JoAnn attends different functions with
her individual such as Religious Education Thanksgiving
dinner which allows the individual to maintain positive
relationships with friends and teachers. JoAnn also keeps a
schedule with her individual which includes going to the gym
and preparing healthy meals for the week to maintain good
health. Both of the individuals that work with JoAnn
are always eager to spend time with her. The bond that
they have formed over the years is admirable!
Building & Maintaining Positive Relationships and Supporting
FEBRUARY 2018's DSP ...
demonstrates professionalism, supports safety, builds and
maintains positive relationships and puts our individuals’
needs first! Recently Yvonne was involved in an accident
where she and six individuals were passengers in an agency
van. Yvonne remained calm and focused on the individuals’
needs, keeping them safe and reassuring them that everything
was going to be ok! Yvonne stepped up when she needed to and
not only supported our individuals but also the staff who
was driving. This is just one of the many examples why
Yvonne is named DSP of the month. Yvonne’s team leader is
proud to have her as a staff member!