celebrates Direct Support Professionals Week
At Devereux, our direct support professionals
are the lifeblood of our organization.
During Direct Support Professionals Week (DSP)
– September 10-16 – Devereux recognizes and celebrates its DSPs’ efforts to
bring help and healing to the individuals we serve every day.
Since 2008, the United States has recognized one week in September as “National
Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.” This week is a time when hospitals,
schools, healthcare providers and others honor their DSPs and show appreciation for their vital contributions to communities
across the country.
“I started my career as a DSP and it was the
best job I ever had. And to this day, I feel it was the most important job of
my career,” said Vice President of Operations Gail Atkinson.
“While we need executives and administrators to handle the business side of
what we do, in the bottom of my heart I know that, without a great group of
DSPs, our organization doesn't need the rest of us. Our DSPs are truly the
backbone of Devereux.”
share their perspectives
Look below to see what makes our DSPs tick, and to
learn how they feel about their positions at Devereux.
“I like having the
opportunity to make someone else's life better. I ensure the safety of our
clients, assist in promoting a healthy and clean environment, and support them
with self-help skills to help clients work toward independent living, wherever
possible. I love my clients because not only do I have the chance to give them
advice and help them develop new skills, but they serve as a teaching tool for
me, as well.”
— Devereux Texas DSP Stacie Cunningham
“I love being a part
of such a close-knit team. Knowing that I have people around me with common
goals, who will keep me safe and moving in the right direction, makes me feel a
part of something much larger than myself. When I work with the children we
serve, my goal is to help them find something in life that will give them a
passionate and creative drive. Working with kids is an amazing experience,
especially when you see one of them find their calling, and their eyes light
up. To them, the future becomes limitless and their own potential becomes
— Devereux Colorado DSP Keenan Dunn
“I love my job!!! I like that I am a consistent
person in our individuals’ lives: someone they trust and can depend on. I like
helping them work through difficult times and celebrating their achievements – sometimes
all in one day. And as much as I care for them, they care for me, as well. I
love seeing them smile and having fun while helping them work on, and meet, their
goals. Our program is a ‘family’ atmosphere.”
— Devereux New York Day Habilitation Group
Coordinator Jade Shumen
Direct Support Professionals: Join our team!
is always looking for DSPs who want to make a difference in the lives of
children, adolescents and adults who need our support.
competitive benefit programs include:
pay and best available, highest quality, low-cost benefit options (benefits.devereux.org)
loan forgiveness eligibility
programs and services to match your career interests
you are looking to be inspired, we’re looking for you! To find your new career
at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, visit: jobs.devereux.org.
||Matilda Jane Clothing donates more than 5,000 face masks to Devereux’s essential staff
Matilda Jane Clothing is showing support for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s front-line staff by donating colorful and beautifully-crafted face masks. The Indiana-based clothing company recently donated 5,000 fabric face masks to the nonprofit to help team members stay safe and healthy.
||Yvette Jackson discusses Devereux Arizona’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show
Listen as Devereux Arizona Executive Director Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, discusses the center’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show. Jackson shares valuable information about Devereux Arizona’s therapeutic foster care program and outpatient services, and explains how the organization is supporting individuals and families during COVID-19.
||Like, follow and share Devereux’s new national Facebook page
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Facebook Careers Page has transitioned into our new national Facebook page. In addition to accessing the latest Devereux career opportunities, followers will learn more about what’s happening across all of our centers, programs and services.
||Georgia robotics team creates 3-D printed face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff
Students from a Georgia robotics team, Checkmate Robotics #12961, are leading by example, and using their 3-D printing skills to create face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff.
||Article features Dr. Yolanda Graham: “Talking to individuals with autism about COVID-19”
For families and caregivers of children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges, such as confusion and disruptions to daily routines and schedules. Read this Autism Spectrum News article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D., as she offers tips for talking to individuals with ASD about COVID-19.
||Human Rights Campaign donates more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) donated more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to help protect the individuals in its care, along with its outstanding and dedicated team members, as part of the “HRC Gives Back” campaign.
||Devereux honors nurses and teachers during observances in May
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is paying tribute to the selfless and inspiring nurses and teachers who continue to provide the best possible care and support for children, adolescents and adults through the COVID-19 pandemic - and all year long.
||Podcast: Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares tips for helping families with special needs cope during a pandemic
For many families, maintaining a regular schedule during school closures and social distancing can be challenging, especially if you are caring for a child or adult with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Listen as Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, who is a mother of three teenage children (one with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities), shares tips to help parents and caregivers cope with a pandemic on WXPN’s Kathy Chats podcast.
||Erin Clemens shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast
Listen as Erin Clemens, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 and receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast.
||Devereux Center for Effective Schools releases free, online training modules for educators
With schools across the U.S. shifting to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Devereux Center for Effective Schools (CES) recently developed a series of free, online training modules to help educators successfully adapt to this new reality and engage students through remote instruction.
||Devereux’s Rayni Brindley writes letter to fellow parents of children with special needs
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Senior Vice President of Organizational Development Rayni Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA, whose 7-year-old son has autism, recently wrote a letter to fellow parents of children with special needs, offering tips to stay safe, healthy - and calm - during COVID-19.
||Devereux New York spreads joy and hope through rainbow initiative
Children, adolescents and adults at Devereux New York are bringing bright colors - and smiles - to the Red Hook, N.Y., community, and across the Hudson Valley, to lift spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.