Staff from The Foundling’s Developmental Disabilities Division attend the 2018 National Conference of DSPs in St. Louis, MO, and pose here with Joseph Macbeth, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).
September 9-15 marks National Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week across the county. Direct Support Professionals are vital in the work that is done to support individuals with developmental disabilities. This job requires technical and value-based skills – knowledge, experience, and compassion – that enable people to overcome challenges and realize their full potential.
At The Foundling, we believe that the high quality of support that DSPs provide allows each person to have a life of opportunity, well-being, freedom, choice, and contribution. Our staff rise to this challenge every day. The lives of the people we support are enhanced and, in many cases, transformed, by their work.
As we take time to celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their careers to helping others, we wanted to share some inspiring quotes from our staff.
“I love being a Community Habilitation Specialist within The Foundling’s Developmental Disabilities Division because the children and families we support are amazing. They have goals and they want to work on them. They have their bad days, but mostly it is just fun and great to help them, and it’s great to be a part of their life and help them reach their full potential.”
– Ana V., Community Habilitation Specialist
“I like to be a voice for not only the people we support but for the staff who take care of the people we support.
– Clara J., Residence Manager at The Foundling (Rockland County)
“I like hearing from the people we support. I like to see the look on their faces when they accomplish a goal.”
– Aleen V., Direct Support Professional at The Foundling (Staten Island)
“I enjoy working with people and making a difference in their lives and just being there for them to help them achieve some of the things they want to do in life.”
– Rosmeri L., Direct Support Professional at The Foundling (Manhattan)
“Direct Support Professionals are always hands on with the people we support, and as a manager, I have to ensure they have the tools and knowledge to complete their job. This includes checking on them and making sure they are okay emotionally, physically and psychologically.”
– Rita D, Residence Manager at The Foundling (Staten Island)