Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Daniel Kinney

REGION: 2 – Central New York

Position: Direct Support Assistant

Years of Service: 9


Dan’s favorite part about his job is helping to make the lives of the people in his care richer and fuller and to help them partake in their preferred activities, says Jessie Brasie, Developmental Assistant II and Dan’s supervisor. “Dan gets satisfaction in assisting the people on a daily basis, playing card games with them and socializing about sporting events. He also really enjoys taking them to places that they all like, such as to sporting events, movie theaters and restaurants.”


Brasie says Dan goes “above and beyond” with his job duties on a daily basis.

“He always completes his job and takes on other responsibilities with pleasure and ease,” she adds. “His coworkers lean on him for his knowledge of the job and frequently go to him for guidance. As his supervisor, I always feel confident assigning Dan as lead worker while I am off duty, as I know everything will be taken care of.”

Brasie says Dan is always getting the people he supports involved with activities. Each year during football season, Dan approaches each person and asks them which NFL team they like to follow. She says he will then print up their team’s schedule so they can follow along during the season.

“Dan also plans pizza parties on Sundays for football, which the individuals love,” Brasie continues. “During the summer months you can catch Dan playing cornhole, basketball and mini-golf with people outside.”

Brasie says Dan has also been involved in many spectacular trips with the people he supports, including Yankee games, Buffalo Bills games and with many other sporting activities.

“As Dan’s supervisor I am extremely lucky to have him as a coworker,” Brasie concludes. “Dan maintains a great relationship with the people we serve, his supervisor and all team clinicians. I can always rely on him to get the job done.”