Congratulations to Abby Getz, Ciara Oder, and Gwen Lewis, they have been nominated for the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the year - a national recognition.
Because of my previous work experience, and the impact of DSPs that I see here at EPI every day, I have a deep respect and appreciation for those who choose to work as DSPs.
Nicole Ericson, Associate Program Director with EPI, was recognized earlier this week for her efforts to support Iowans with disabilities to exercise their responsibility to contribute toward self-sufficiency through work.
Each year, a week in September is designated as Direct Support Professional(DSP) Recognition Week to honor and thank DSPs everywhere. In honor of DSP Recognition Week 2015, we asked a few people, "What is a Direct Support Professional?"
This article from The Mighty titled, What They Don't Tell you About Working with Adults with Developmental Disabilities, was shared with me recently. I recommend this reading to anyone looking for a career filled with purpose and meaning.
What is a Direct Support Professional? In the words of a person served, "She is there when I need help." Another person goes on to say, "She pushes me to be the best person I can be."
Direct Support Staff (DSPs) are the true backbone of the organization, showing everyday their willingness to go above and beyond to support the individuals served.
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at EPI are of the highest quality. They work hard, have passion for their work and are strong advocates for the individuals we serve.
Weight loss is a battle for many. For Janice Campbell, one of EPI's direct support professionals, it's a battle she's winning.
Fifty-five years ago EPI committed to serving Iowa's most vulnerable - persons with disabilities - and envisioned change where individuals with disabilities could live a life as valuable members of the community.
DSPs, Direct Support Professionals, provide critical supports so that people with disabilities and their families can be active members of their community.
EPI has embarked on a journey to become one of the first Lighthouse Leader agencies in the U.S.
In just under five years with EPI, Leanna Haahr has accomplished quite a bit. If you asked her what stands out the most in her growing list of accomplishments she'd most likely tell you “the job I do every day as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) - helping the persons I serve be as independent as possible.”
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