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ATTN: News Directors, Assignment Editors and other journalists working Thanksgiving Day

ATTN: News Directors, Assignment Editors and other journalists working Thanksgiving Day

Like many of you, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who work with New Yorkers with disabilities will be on the job tomorrow.

As you are looking for warm Thanksgiving Day stories to cap off tomorrow’s news coverage or include in Friday’s paper, please consider sending a news crew, reporter or photographer to one of the locations listed below where DSPs and the people they support will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day together.

#bFair2DirectCare is a coalition of non-profits that support New Yorkers with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other developmental and other disabilities. We have been working for two years to win funding so DSPs can receive a living wage for their good work.

For more background on the issue, please see http://www.bfair2directcare.com/2017/11/22/bfair2directcare-seeks-acceleration-living-wage-funding-direct-support-professionals-crisis-will-worsen-governor-legislature-back-off-efforts/

Here are locations to arrange Thanksgiving Day stories, as well as contact information for each location, broken down by region. Please contact the person in your region if you are interested in doing a story tomorrow.
Services for the UnderServed’s 143rd St. IRA, 610 West 143rd Street, Apt. #4D, New York, NY 10031
Contact: Marthum Brown Tulloch, (917) 273-1252; Nadia Khasawneh, nkhasawneh@sus.org(646) 640-6980BRONX

Catholic Guardian Services, 140-14 Casals Pl. Apt. 5H, Bronx, NY 10475
Contact: Juno Greaves, jgreaves@catholicguardian.org


Community Options, 161 Woodruff Avenue, Brooklyn New York 11226
Contact: Michael Carnicella, MA, Michael.Carnicella@comop.org(917) 526-0354

Guild for Exceptional Children, 8910 Colonial Road  Brooklyn, NY 11209
Contact: Tina Musalino, MgrSantangelo@GecBklyn.org(347) 977-7016


The Arc of Dutchess, 84 Patrick Lane Suite 130, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Contact: Evelyn Flavin, eflavin@arcdutchess.org(845) 635-8084 ext. 100


Camp Smith Venture, 724 So. Pascack Road, Spring Valley, NY 10977
Contact: Cami Presha-Wendell, (845) 536-3147CAPITAL REGION 

Schoharie County Arc, 121 Opportunity Drive, Schoharie, NY 12157
Contact: Libby Hammecker, Director of Residential Services, LHammecker@schohariearc.org(518) 390-1182


The Arc Lexington, 127 E. State Street, Gloversville, NY 12078
Contact: Wally Hart, Business and Community Development Director, hartw@lexcenter.org,(518) 736-3917


The Arc Madison Cortland, 701 Upper Lenox Ave, Oneida, NY 13421
Contact: Chris Evans, Director of Residential Services, Chris.Evans@arcofmc.org(315) 440-7731


Arc of Monroe County, 44 Crossroads Lane, Rochester, NY 14612
Contact: Chris Parent, (585) 441-2844


The Resource Center, 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY  14701
CONTACT: John Vogan, Residence Coordinator, (716) 397-8627

About #bFair2DirectCare

#bFair2DirectCare is the voice of more than 130,000 New Yorkers with developmental and other disabilities, who often cannot speak for themselves. #bFair2DirectCare is also the call to action to remind state leaders that direct care non-profit agency workers are agents of the state who need a fair rate of pay that is commensurate with their vital support responsibilities.

#bFair2DirectCare members 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)
Direct Support Professional Alliance of New York State (DSPANYS)
The InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC)
The NYS Association of Community & Residential Agencies (NYSACRA)
The Arc of New York (formerly NYSARC)
New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA)
Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BFair2DirectCare
Twitter: @Fair2DirectCare
Hashtag: #bFair2DirectCare
Web site: www.bFair2DirectCare.com