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The Jefferson Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce that Mr. Elijah Thompson II has been selected from the Central Region of NYSARC, Inc. as one of the recipients of the Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award. This award is presented in honor of Thomas A. Maul, who during his tenure as OMRDD Commissioner from 1993 to 2006, addressed many of the long standing issues that face our Association and the people we serve.
The Direct Support Professional Excellence Award offers NYSARC, Inc. Chapters the opportunity to recognize a direct support professional in their region who has demonstrated an exemplary level of performance over the course of his/her employment and has consistently demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of life for people who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
“The hours are long, the work is hard”, said Thompson, “but at the end of the day knowing you made even a small difference in someone’s life is rewarding.”
Mr. Thompson came to JRC directly out of the U.S. Army in 2003 and is currently the Manager at Individual Residential Alternative 31 on Glen Avenue in Watertown.
The honor comes with an award in the amount of $2,500.00 and will be presented to Mr. Thompson on October 24th at the Annual Conference Delegate Assembly Meeting in Albany.
NYSARC, Inc. is the largest non-profit organization in the United States supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. The 54 Chapters comprising the family-led NYSARC, Inc. provide services in every county in New York State. The Organization supports more than 60,000 individuals, employs 30,000 and has a membership of more than 103,000.