Nominate a DSP!
Nominate a DSP!
Save the Date! Join Bills, Sabres in Supporting People Inc.
You won’t want to miss Give 716! Give 716 is an online giving campaign organized by the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres foundations to unite fans and the community in support of local charities, including People Inc. This epic giving event, from July 16 to 18, is a one-of-a-kind chance to donate to People Inc. and encourage friends, family, and colleagues to join you in your support.

Donations made to People Inc. through the Give 716 campaign will support our many life-changing services benefiting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, and seniors. From 7:16 p.m. on July 16, through 7:16 a.m. on July 18, you can join the fun and make a difference by making a donation and also sharing the Give 716/People Inc. link with your networks through emails and social media.

On July 16, go to this link to donate, and make sure to note the challenge events and special perks! Want to know more about People Inc. and the impact you can make with your donation? Head here to learn more about our programs and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, services for older adults, health care, housing and more.

Thank you for supporting People Inc. and helping us open up worlds to thousands of Western New Yorkers!
Help Us Honor
Direct Support Professionals
Do you have a favorite People Inc. Direct Support Professional? You can nominate an outstanding frontline People Inc. staff member who provides services for you or your loved one by submitting a nomination for a Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Award. An impartial committee will select the honorees and each winner will receive a monetary award. Winners will be announced during the National Direct Support Professional Week, September 10 - 16.
To be considered, staff must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a full- or part-time People Inc. employee for at least six months and in good standing
  • Spend 85% to 100% of their time in a direct support role (cannot be a supervisor)
  • Must be in a position that is subject to the DSP Evaluation tool under OPWDD Regulations.
Nominations are open through July 31 and there are two ways to nominate a DSP:
o Online: Click here to nominate a Direct Support Professional for DSP of the Year!
o Phone: Call the Advocacy Department at 716-322-7070 and leave a message with the name of the staff member you want to nominate, your name and your phone number. Someone will call you back to assist with the nomination process. You can also email and ask for assistance. 
For questions about the online nominations, call Michael Atticus O’Shea at 716.817.7471.
Ashley Brown, Medical Liaison Team Leader, and John Asibor, Behavior Technician, who successfully completed pictured with other People Inc. staff.

OPWDD Visit Celebrates Employee Development
People Inc. was honored recently to welcome representatives from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities(OPWDD) and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) to our headquarters in Williamsville. The meeting celebrated the accomplishments of People Inc. employees Ashley Brown, Medical Liaison Team Leader, and John Asibor, Behavior Technician, who successfully completed levels of the NADSP E-Badge Academy.

The E-Badge Academy offers direct support professionals and frontline supervisors the ability to earn national certification through an online platform. There are three badge levels. Ashley has completed all three levels and John has completed two and is currently working on the third. These badges demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and values that these professionals utilize every day, recognizing the professional development that might otherwise go unacknowledged. Congratulations, and thanks to our hard-working employees.
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