Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Stacyann Lewis Thomas

REGION: 6 – Long Island

Position: Direct Support Assistant

Years of Service: 16


Stacyann Lewis Thomas says making sure the needs of people with developmental disabilities are met is the most rewarding part about being a DSP.


I worked with Stacyann as a DSP from 2006 to 2012,” says Daisy Brooks, who is now a Developmental Assistant II and Stacyann’s supervisor. “Stacy looks ahead at what needs to be done and gets it done,” Brooks continues. “She makes sure everything that is needed for each person is in the house. I must also be fair to say that she does have a great team working with her at the home.”

Stacyann cares for the people she serves and makes the best choices for them effortlessly, Brooks says.

“Stacyann has done everything she can to make sure people live a rich and meaningful life,” Brooks adds. “She plans where to go to explore the community with them; she lets her coworkers know where to take them for treats; she also lets us know where we can go for street fairs and flea markets and reminds us about the Jones Beach Air Show. All these things the people she supports enjoy and it’s all free.”

Brooks says Stacyann’s thoughtfulness doesn’t stop there.

“At home, the follows the menu, making sure both the day and night shift have whatever ingredients are on the menu. She not only prepares for her shift, but the two following.

“Stacyann does what must be done for each person, as needed. She goes over and beyond, every day of the week and every week of the year. Not only when her supervisor is around, but at all times,” Brooks concludes.