In June, Ryene Fenner, a direct support professional, sent a letter to the management team at the agency she works with, New Horizons Resources Inc.  which sparked an important discussion about racism in the direct support workforce. NADSP reached out to her to contribute to a blog/video series which shares interview clips each week.

Below is Ryene’s reflection on “What do we need to do to change narrative?”

Nobody has all the answers to on how to implement a solution, but everyone does have tidbits and tips. If we combine everyone’s ideas, then we can create a permanent solution to the injustices in our country. The answer isn’t asked for non-people of color to be the savior for people color; we are asking for assistance now so we don’t always need a savior later. Step one is acknowledging that there are injustices and feeling the anger that they exist. Step two is banding together to rid the world of these injustices. This isn’t a white vs. black issue anymore, it’s right vs. wrong, racist vs. everyone else.

Additional Resources

Along with sharing the interview video clips and related blog posts, NADSP will also be listing additional resources to provide information and guidance about anti-racist actions organizations and individuals can take to promote racial justice.

 

  • Anti-Racism Resources
    Oakland Community Network has compiled a listing of books, videos, and tools to promote anti-racism.
  • George Floyd Social Story
    The Saint Paul Public Schools has produced a plain language social story resource.

More About Ryene Fenner

Ryene Fenner is a DSP that works for New Horizons Resources. She has been a DSP since 2016. She has a master’s degree in English Literature from SUNY New Paltz and is pursuing a second master’s degree in Education, that will be completed this fall. In addition to the work, she does with New Horizons, Inc. Ryene has also created and implemented lesson plans for children with developmental disabilities for a local camp in the Hudson Valley.