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AHRC NYC to hold job fair in Jamaica offering careers supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

AHRC NYC is hosting a job fair in Jamaica Thursday seeking to fill positions to remedy a shortage of staff supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Photo courtesy of AHRC NYC)

AHRC New York City and Chapters of the Arc New York will host a statewide job fair to alleviate the severe shortage of staff supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In Queens, AHRC NYC, the largest chapter in the state, will seek to fill Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) positions during a job fair Thursday, Sept. 23, at its Bloomberg Residence at 89-02 162nd St. in Jamaica.

“Our DSPs are on the frontline supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of their lives,” AHRC NYC CEO Marco Damiani said. “If you are committed to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities, we will provide you with the training and on-the-job support to set you up for success.”

AHRC NYC’s residential staff will conduct brief interviews with people seeking a “rewarding career” as a DSP. The event at the Bloomberg residence will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The essential work DSPs do every day, around the clock, is honorable, immeasurable and impactful. Throughout the pandemic, they were the backbone of care for people with disabilities, who are at risk of COVID-19.

“From learning about individual interests and passions to helping people become more independent, DSPs are a group of dedicated, hardworking and compassionate individuals who play an important role in strengthening our communities with a diverse and inclusive workforce,” Arc Westchester Executive Director CEO Tibi Guzmán said. “Building a career with us is much more than a job, it’s an enriching experience, unlike any other.”

Many employees in the field felt empowered by their work, yet Arc Chapters are finding it difficult to compete. Across all chapters statewide, a nearly 25% vacancy rate represents nearly 4,000 available jobs for DSPs.

The statewide job fair is happening at various chapters across New York.

To learn more, and find an opportunity nearby, visit discovertherewards.org.

“A fully inclusive and equitable future for New Yorkers with IDD is dependent on the DSP workforce,” AHRC Nassau Executive Director Stanfort Perry said. “Every day, these exceptional professionals empower people with IDD to lead the lives they choose. I am proud to have begun my career as a DSP and to continue to promote the many benefits of pursuing this career path.”

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