Thank you, Assemblymember Harry Bronson!
The Arc of Monroe was glad to welcome you and share about all that is happening at our agency! We thank you for your willingness to talk with our leadership team and tour our world-class ArcWorks manufacturing facility! Supporting people with disabilities means advocating for them and their rights each and every day. We are so thankful that you support us!
The NYS Budget Passed!
Thank you for your support by voting yes to the proposed 5.4% COLA for our staff and passing the state budget! We are grateful that our voice was heard and these funds will be allocated to help our staff as they continue to advocate and care for people with disabilities in our community.
How Can You Help?
For over a decade, New York State did not make adequate investments to sustain the programs and services its citizens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) rely on. During this time, inflation rose approximately 25%, yet the IDD field received only a 1.2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). This systemic lack of investment resulted in wage stagnation for direct care staff and the inability of providers to maintain physical infrastructure. We believe the State Assembly’s 5.4% COLA was the most straightforward and effective way to allocate the critical investment Governor Hochul proposed in her Executive Budget.
While we still need increased funding to better support people with IDD, we are grateful for the significant increase in this year's budget. This COLA was the first pay increase in more than a decade, marking a sharp departure from the prior administration. We applaud Governor Kathy Hochul for pledging $500 million in funding for human services cost-of-living adjustment.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are grateful to have thoughtful, caring leaders in office who personally care about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Other Ways You Can Help
>> Vote NO on eliminating section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This will help our community
- Keep workers with disabilities employed.
- Create productive, safe training environments for people with disabilities who wish to prepare for a career.
- Develop resources to assist local businesses in creating better opportunities for people with disabilities on their staff.
>> Propel the Better Care Better Jobs Act forward to ensure
- Programs and funds are established for state Medicaid programs to improve home- and community-based services (HCBS), such as home health care, personal care, case management, and rehabilitative services.
- Staff caring for people with disabilities are paid a reasonable wage.
Overview Hiring and Tax Incentives for Employers
Here is an overview of a few Hiring and Tax Incentives for Employers. Within the overview, you’ll find source links and documents received from ACCES-VR in the past for additional information on ACCES-VR, their business services, On-the-Job Training Program, Work Try-Out Program and the NYS Department of Labor Federal Bonding Program:
Workforce Development Resources at The Arc of Monroe
Thank you for being a leader in developing our workforce in the greater Rochester area! At The Arc of Monroe, we are committed to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) find work and job training opportunities that are right for them, in addition to supporting local businesses in hiring people with IDD. Our Job Path, LifePrep@Naz, Adult Project SEARCH, and MCC Experience programs, in addition to our prevocational services at ArcWorks, are wonderful resources for the people we support, and help our communities thrive. We look forward to talking more about these programs when you visit!
LGBTQIA+ Resources for People with IDD
With the help of a generous grant from the New York Health Foundation, The Arc of Monroe is leading the way in providing training for staff who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who also identify as LGBTQIA+. Our own Advocacy Champion Brian Potvin has developed the curriculum and recently started delivering the training at other organizations. Visit our Supporting Safe Spaces website to learn more.
Arc of Monroe Contacts
Chief Operating Officer
(585) 271-0660 x 1014
Executive Director, Arc Foundation of Monroe
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL STATISTICS AND FACTS IN THE US
Research Summary: Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for direct support professionals in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
46.3Average Age of a DSP
Female - 71%
Male - 25%
Most Common Degree
High School Diploma - 23%
Bachelor's Degree - 23%
$29,469Annual DSP Pay
50%Non-profits is the most common industry hiring DSPs
$11,000Average Starting Salary for DSP