Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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This award is presented in memory of Joseph Damiano, whose Direct Support Professionals enriched both his life, as well as his family’s, by demonstrating an exemplary level of performance over the course of their relationship and consistently demonstrating commitment to improving the quality of Joseph’s life.

About the Award

Allegany Arc’s Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award: Through this award we acknowledge the invaluable work of a direct support professional who provides services within Allegany County, New York, and consistently demonstrates excellence, creativity and commitment in providing supports to people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Application Information

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an individual who provides direct support, supervision and assistance to a person with an intellectual or other developmental disability living in Allegany County, New York, and served by Allegany Arc. Applicant must be a current Member of Allegany Arc.

Amount: One award will be presented annually. The award is in the amount of $1,000.00.

Nomination Process: The requirements for consideration for the Joseph Damiano Award are as follows:
• Completed Nomination Form signed by Allegany Arc’s Chief Operations Officer;
• Two (2) Letters of Support from supervisors, coworkers, community members, family members of person(s) nominee supports, etc.;
• An individual who has been previously nominated but not recognized may be re-nominated.

Application Information/Deadline: The name of one individual must be submitted on the appropriate Nomination Form along with the additional information requested in the form. The completed nomination packet must be mailed to Allegany Arc’s administrative offices by the deadline listed on the Nomination Form.

NOTE: Nomination Forms may be faxed to Allegany Arc’s administrative offices up to the deadline date. However, original Nomination Forms must be immediately mailed to Allegany Arc.

Winner Selection: Nomination Forms and supporting documents will be reviewed by a committee of various Allegany Arc representatives; majority vote will select the Joseph Damiano Award Recipient.

Announcement of Recipient: The Joseph Damiano Award Recipient will be recognized at Allegany Arc’s Annual Membership Dinner (May 29, 2020). The award recipient is expected to be present to receive the award.

Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Application 2020