Liberty's Family Support Services Presents: Peter and Wendy
October 22, 2016, 1:00pm
Lynch Middle School
Sit back and enjoy this performance of the classic children's story of the mischievous Peter Pan brought to you by Liberty's Family Support Services Recreation Program.
All actors are individuals that participate in Liberty's FSS programs and are trained by professional actors from the Missoula Children's Theatre.
This play is possible through the support of a grant from NYSARC, Inc. Trust Services!
When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man Smee on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it’s seemingly business as usual... at first. Little does Hook realize what fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan. Mistaken identities, ever-morphing clouds, a classy crocodile, some very lost boys, and a fickle shadow all add to the mayhem. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Darling embark on a quest of their own and find themselves trekking everywhere from Hawaii to the North Pole in search of their three missing children. With help from the earth-friendly Neverlanders, exotic Neverland creatures, and faithful Tinker Bell, the Darling children are found, disputes are ultimately resolved, and everyone-including Captain Hook-finds a place where they truly belong.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2016
#bFair2DirectCare Coalition Urges Governor Cuomo to Sign
Bill Studying Crisis in Developmental Disabilities Workforce
Follow #bFair2DirectCare on Facebook and Twitter (@Fair2DirectCare)
Governor Has Until Midnight Saturday to Decide
ALBANY – A statewide coalition of organizations that care for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities today urged Governor Cuomo to sign legislation designed to identify the causes of high vacancy and turnover rates of direct care professionals (DSPs) who work in these not-for-profit agencies.
The legislation, A.10409/S.7677-A, sponsored by Assembly Member Aileen Gunther and Senator Robert Ortt, is on Governor Cuomo’s desk and must be acted on by midnight Saturday.
“We’re confident this study will confirm what we have been saying all along – that our wages are not sufficient to retain our best employees for very long, and that it’s the people in our care who pay the price,” said Rhonda Frederick, President of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York and a leader of the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition.
“We support New Yorkers with autism, serious brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities on behalf of the state. Government controls our funding. The staffing crisis we’re facing can be addressed only if Albany steps up and provides the resources we all need to best care for the people who need us,” said #bFair2DirectCare Coalition leader Seth Stein, Executive Director, Alliance of Long Island Agencies.
The legislation requires the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to identify the causes of the high vacancy rates and high turnover rates being experienced by non-profit providers of supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and to identify the resources necessary to maintain a quality workforce and reverse the trend toward increased vacancies and turnover in the direct support professional field.
According to a 2016 Vacancy and Turnover Survey recently provided by the coalition to OPWDD, competition from other employers has increased to the point where coalition agencies currently have a nearly 10 percent vacancy rate and more than a 20 percent turnover rate in these important jobs – a significant increase in both vacancies and turnover in just the last year.
As the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition has demonstrated over the last several months, providers of supports and services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities face a perfect storm of inadequate funding, new laws and policies that threaten community integration, the level of support and the civil rights that people with disabilities have achieved, advocates said today.
Organizations that support individuals with developmental disabilities have seen only one rate increase since the recession of 2008, an average increase of less than one-half of one percent per year. Now they face as much as a 67 percent increase in the mandated minimum wage, new federal overtime rules and growing competition from other employers.
More than 90 percent of the funding that sustains these organizations comes from government, and 80 percent of that goes directly to wages for staff who care for New Yorkers with autism, serious brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.
The only way that these organizations can raise wages for direct support professionals, teacher aides, drivers, cooks and others making minimum wage, or a little bit more, is for government to increase the rates they provide for the delivery of these critical services to New York’s most vulnerable citizens.
This summer, the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition launched its “300 Days to Better Pay” Campaign, which calls on the Governor and State Legislature to address this critical funding issue in the next state budget to avoid a crisis. The Coalition includes organizations from every part of New York State that support New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.
#bFair2DirectCare statewide sponsors include
• Alliance of Long Island Agencies (ALIA)
• Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS)
• The Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY)
• The InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC)
• The NYS Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA)
• NYSARC Inc.
• New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA)
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bob Bellafiore, email@example.com, 518-928-8471
Steve Greenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-469-9858
We would like to share the following note that was sent to Liberty CEO Jennifer Saunders from one of our outstanding DSPs, Nick Cummings.
Liberty would like to, once again, thank all of our dedicated DSPs for making a difference in the lives of those you support.
What a perfect way to "wrap up" our DSP recognition celebration!
FROM NICK CUMMINGS "Hi Jen. Thank You So Much for everything this past week. I would like you to know that I truly believe that Liberty has a very special way of making their staff feel valued every day! I am honored to be a part of such an amazing team, and I am honored to work with such special individuals who I consider to be a part of my family every single day. Thank you for playing a part in reminding me about how important the role I play in these people’s lives truly is. Have a great weekend!"
Candace OpalkaThank you Nick! We are so fortunate to have staff like you who care so deeply for their family at Liberty!
1 week ago · 2
Jennifer SaundersThis message made my day when I received it and made me smile once again reading it just now. This sums up the purpose of DSP Recognition Week. Thank you to Nick and all of our amazing staff!
We had a little fun toady at Liberty as we helped to support our individuals with their quest in purchasing a “Buddy Bench” for children at the Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School!
Folks purchased tickets for a chance to throw a pie in the face of our very good-natured directors. Twenty lucky winners got a chance to test their throwing skills!
At the end of this extremely fun time on a beautiful day, much needed funds were raised to go towards the “Buddy Bench”!
What’s a Buddy Bench? Whether they are shy or have difficulties in social situations, the “Buddy Bench” helps children feel included! The idea is simple; kids sit on the bench when they’d like to be invited to play or want someone to talk to. It provides them with a subtle way to let other kids know they need a friend. ... See MoreSee Less