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Career Gear Up – A Credential Model for New York DSPs

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Career Gear Up – A Credential Model for New York DSPs

April 27, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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NYSACRA, a provider association with 200 members, worked with partners, the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (NY OPWDD) and The University of Minnesota (UMN), on a DSP Credential Study that was approved in the 2014-15 New York State (NYS) budget. Amy Hewitt and UMN developed an environmental scan, regional focus group discussions and a detailed provider agency survey that provided valuable data. The data was used to inform and assist with decision-making regarding the most appropriate credentialing and financial model for a NY-based DSP credential program. The result is a credential entitled Career Gear Up that was submitted to the NY State Legislature and Administration with recommendations for implementation.


Ann Hardiman became Executive Director of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) in 1995. Previous to this, Ann worked for 17 years for several agencies in New York as a provider of services to people with developmental disabilities. Ann is a long-standing member of ANCOR; has been on the Advisory Board of the Self Advocacy Association of NYS for over 15 years; and served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) as a citizen member for three years.  Ann has a Masters degree in community psychology.

Amy Hewitt, PhD, has an extensive experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities over the past 30+ years. She is the Director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, with research projects that focus on community living, autism, direct support workforce development, person centered planning/thinking, and positive behavior support. Dr. Hewitt co-authored the book entitled, Staff Recruitment, Retention and Training. She serves on the Board of Directors for AUCD and Arc Minnesota, and is immediate Past President of AAIDD. Dr. Hewitt earned a Masters degree in Social Work at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a PhD in Social Work at the University of Minnesota.


  • ANCOR member: $29.00
  • Non-member: $109.00

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