Heidi Friedman earns top honors for ANCOR work


Washington, D.C. — The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) recently recognized Heidi Friedman of The Arc of Delaware County’s Community Living Skills program in Arkville as the 2013 Direct Support Professional of the Year for New York at their Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

“We at The Arc of Delaware County are very proud of Heidi. With this award we celebrate her dedication, knowledge, and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities here in Delaware County and across the nation.” said Catherine Tweedie, director of community relations.

Many duties
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide a rich mosaic of daily support services for the many Americans with disabilities. These DSPs are integral in helping people with disabilities participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives.

“Most Americans are not aware of the critical work DSPs do every day and the essential role they play in the social and economic life of communities across the country,” said Dave Toeniskoetter, president of ANCOR. “We want to make sure DSPs like Ms. Friedman are recognized for the difficult but inspiring work they do every day.”

“DSPs are on the front lines supporting people with disabilities and ensuring those individuals are granted full inclusion in their communities,” said Renee Pietrangelo, CEO of ANCOR. “It is absolutely essential that individuals, like Heidi Friedman, are given the recognition and respect they deserve.”

Special traits
ANCOR’s Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is given to those who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign, which works to ensure a well-trained and sustainable direct support workforce. Nominees are judged on the work they’ve done to build social networks, substantive community participation and advocating for the people they serve.

The Arc of Delaware County, where Heidi is employed, is a not for profit organization providing community based supports and services to over 300 children and adults with disabilities. It is one of the largest employers in Delaware County with a workforce of nearly 200. It is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc., and is affiliated with The Arc of the U.S., and ANCOR. For more information about The Arc of Delaware County, visit www.delarc.org

ANCOR is a national trade association representing more than 800 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 400,000 individuals with disabilities.