Direct Support Professionals do the real work in organizations that provide community services. They help people acquire needed skills to live successfully, get jobs, develop social networks, and explore interests that turn into activities that lead to true participation and inclusion. DSPs are often the cultural guides that help people with IDD navigate their communities and find their places in them.
Congratulations are in order for our Children and Family Services Director, Mary Janssen! She has received an Ovation award as one of the Iowa Women's Foundation Tributes.
We are pleased to share that EPI recently received a $10,000 grant from the Otto Schoitz Foundation that will benefit our employment program!
Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is causing a lot of uncertainty among people with disabilities and the providers of supports and services on which they rely. The good news is that you can be part of the solution in one easy step!
Join us May 18 from 5 to 7 PM for a free showing of Bottom Dollars. This event is open to the public and a wonderful opportunity for all to further understand the impacts of the different types of employment services.
Earlier this year, U.S. House of Representatives voted to set back accessibility for Americans with disabilities by decades with the passage of HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act.
We would like to proudly congratulate Shannon Henson on becoming EPI's fourth DSP to receive this outstanding award!
What's a walk-in interview, you ask? It's a little like speed dating - we'll each get a good idea if this working relationship will be a good fit. Unlike speed dating, we'll spring for lunch. Want some more tips? We sat down with our HR Specialist (aka recruiter-extraordinaire) to get answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Our 5th annual More Than You See was a huge success! We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for a wonderful night to support a very important cause. More Than You See was created to raise awareness that all people are more than what meets the eye. The event's purpose is to celebrate the value persons of all abilities contribute and for everyone to come together to be entertained – and that's just what we did.
For some it may seem completely normal to leave the house, but for John, leaving and being social, has not come naturally.
Spring is in the air and, if you're anything like me, that means it's time clean out the closets and other areas of the house to get rid of the things we don't need! It feels so good to fill bags of items we no longer have a need for, and it feels even better to donate them to benefit people in need. That's where EPI comes in!
We provided education on Autism, specifically, what it means, what to expect, and most importantly, how to appropriately interact.
EPI employees and their family members now benefit from a partnership with Upper Iowa University.
When the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is made, we are relieved, knowing something can be done, but with the disease comes uncertainty. It not only affects our bodies, it can change everything, setting the stage for “ambiguous loss”, our loss is “unclear, indefinite, vague”, and it cannot be resolved or cured.
EPI has recently been mentioned in an article published by the Des Moines Register.
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