Purpose of the Award
The DSP Award for Excellence is given annually to acknowledge a Direct Support Professional (DSP) whose contribution to supporting people who live in our communities has resulted in significant improvement in the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
The 2019 Award was presented at the 36th Annual NADD Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 23-25, 2019.
The recipient of this award receives a plaque, two nights in the hotel, and a cash award of $100.00.
Criteria for Selection
The DSP Award for Excellence is given annually to a Direct Support Professional whose dedication, advocacy, compassion, competence, person-centered approaches and collaboration results in improved quality of life, health and wellness, and/or opportunities for person(s) with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs.
All nominations must include:
- 1-2 page statement outlining the reasons for nominating the candidate for consideration for this award. For example: how has this individual’s role as a DSP been exemplary, what makes him/her special
- The candidate’s resume or employment/education history
- Candidate’s contact information, including name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address
- Nominator’s contact information, including name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address
Please submit your nominations by August 31, 2019 to:
12 Hurley Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
2019 – Rebecca Rodrigues, NADD-DSP
2018 – Kimberly Beattie
2017 – Ryan Trihey
2016 – Inocencio Albrincoles
2015 – Rosemary Cruz
2014 – Abby Hyndowitz
2013 – April El