Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Creating a World of Opportunities

As March unfolds, we're reminded of the significance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). It's a time to amplify our focus on inclusion and dismantle barriers that people with developmental disabilities may still encounter in connecting to their communities.

This year, the theme of DDAM is “A World of Opportunities,” a rallying cry for celebrating individuals and collectively dismantling obstacles. At CBS, we wholeheartedly embrace this theme, striving to build a community where everyone can flourish and succeed.

Our dedicated teams of direct support professionals (DSPs) and job coaches at CBS are committed to creating a world where people of all abilities have the chance to thrive. They work tirelessly to eliminate barriers and facilitate meaningful connections within the community. From assisting individuals in finding employment opportunities where they can apply their skills and earn income, to engaging in volunteer work and other enriching experiences, our DSPs empower those they support to lead fulfilling lives.

CBS Direct Support Professionals Open up a World of Opportunities

Working as a DSP is fun and rewarding. Highlighted in the gallery are the moments in a DSP’s day, whether supporting someone at their job at Good Reasons Dog Treat Bakery, engaging in the arts at Hudson Valley InterArts Center, or activities at Cultivating Dreams Farm

Christian, a valued member of our day program, eloquently expresses the impact of our DSPs: “I like my program and my staff. Without my staff, I won’t be able to get into my community. They help me and support me with respect.” It’s testimonials like Christian’s that reaffirm the profound difference our DSPs make in the lives of those they serve.

But working at CBS isn’t just a job—it’s a life-changing career that leaves a lasting impact. Carol Tapper, one of our dedicated DSPs, shares her heartfelt sentiment:

"I am very proud to tell people of the love and commitment I have made from my heart to this field that I have chosen to be a part of. I am grateful to have shared so many good experiences with some of the most skilled and devoted people that have changed my life immensely. Thanks to all my CBS family. Love My Job."

Our DSPs are the unsung heroes in the stories of those they support. They bring joy, empowerment, and a sense of belonging to individuals with developmental disabilities. It’s not just fulfilling work—it’s fun and rewarding, filled with meaningful connections and opportunities for personal growth.

As we commemorate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we invite you to join us in celebrating the countless possibilities that lie ahead. Together, let’s continue to champion inclusivity, remove barriers, and create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

If you would like to learn more about a career as a direct support professional at CBS, please visit our career section.

To learn more about the work of a direct support professional, please visit the #MoreThanWork website. 



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