Congratulation to the three CWI employees who have been selected to attend the 2019 New York Alliance DSP Conference taking place on September 18th in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The 2019 CWI DSP attendees are Miranda McFarren, Community Prevocational Services (CPV); Lillian Rivers, Pearl Street IRA; and Cindy Taran, Eastpointe Day Services Program.

The New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation Direct Support Professional (DSP) Conference offers a multifaceted day full of learning and networking opportunities that celebrate and recognize the important work that Direct Support Professionals do to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities every day.

Miranda, Lillian and Cindy were all nominated by their Supervisors to attend this year’s conference.  Here’s what they had to say…


Miranda is dependable and flexible.  She works well with individuals and has a good understanding of their goals as well as their needs. When working with program participants, she is always pleasant and able to find a balance.  I am glad that Community Pre-Voc has her on board.


What sets Lillian apart is her genuine love of supporting all the individuals in her world.  Whether it be the residents of Pearl Street, taking individuals from other residents on medical appointments, filling in at other houses when they are short staffed or helping her fellow shift mates, she has never hesitated to jump in and assist or volunteer to help. Her compassion is evident in the way she interacts with the individuals she serves. She has investigated, proposed and completed special outings keyed to an individual’s passions.  Lillian has a heart of gold and demonstrates it daily.  We are grateful to have her as part of the Pearl Street family and the CWI team.”


Cindy has provided outstanding support.  She has been working at Eastpointe since 1993 and has developed meaningful relationships with individuals.  She is highly in tune with the nursing care needs of all individuals and always notices when a person isn’t feeling well. Cindy has embraced the person-centered approach and consistently searches for and plans community integration activities that match the interests of individuals involved.