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- It’s about the Quality… of supports that a well-trained workforce provides.
- It’s about the Value…of professionalism gained through the College of Direct Support state-of-the-art training.
- It’s about the Future…of Direct Support Professionals and the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Direct Support Professionals Honored For Service to People with Disabilities

SEPTEMBER 2012 - Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Ceremony: September 11, 2012

SEMPTEMBER 2011 - Governor Chris Christie proclaims September 11-17, 20011 as Direct Support Professionals Week

September 2010 - Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Jennifer Velez honored the service of Direct Support Professionals and announced the launch of an advanced internet-based educational program (College of Direct Support) for professionals providing direct care to people receiving services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).  Held at DDD’s central office in Hamilton, approximately 100 invited guests from human services agencies and advocacy organizations attended the event. Read more… 

At this event the agencies that piloted the College of Direct Support and the Career Path were recognized.  They include:
Allies Inc.
Matheny Medical and Educational Center
UCP of Hudson County
The Arc of Atlantic County
The Arc of Middlesex County
The Arc of Somerset County 
The Arc of Warren County

A panel of DSPs thoughtfully shared their experiences learning through the College of Direct Support and their dedication to supporting people with disabilities.  These DSPs were Safy Diedhiou, Binta Badji, & Mulualem Yihune of Matheny Medical & Educational Center; Alison Malnak & Abdul Gabisi of The Arc of Somerset County; Crystal Eisenbrey of The Arc of Middlesex County; Zoubir Bittout & Brian Odenath of Bancroft NeuroHealth; and Beverly Pavloff of The Arc of Atlantic County.

NJ Workforce Development Insider
SUMMER 2012 - NJ Workforce Development Insider, Vol. 1 - Issue 3

WINTER 2012 - NJ Workforce Development Insider, Vol 1, Issue 2 

FALL 2011 - NJ Workforce Development Insider, Vol 1, Issue 1 

Learn more about the College of Direct Support

The Department of Human Services' Division of Developmental Disabilities in partnership with.....

Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD)
The Arc of New Jersey
Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development/Community Colleges of New Jersey
The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP)
New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD)
Division of Disability Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services (DDS) 


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