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2013 Direct Support Professional Recognition Awards

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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To honor the long term supports and services workforce, ANCOR is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Direct Support Professional Recognition Award competition. There’s no question that direct support professions (DSPs) constitute the backbone of community supports and services and without whom we could not function.

By nominating the star of your DSP staff for this coveted award, you have a unique opportunity to bestow deserved national recognition, while fueling advocacy initiatives on behalf of direct support professionals (DSPs) nationwide. We invite you to showcase the best and brightest within your organization’s DSP community. Recognize this invaluable workforce by answering the call for nominations today!


In 2007, ANCOR awarded its first national Direct Support Professional Recognition Awards in conjunction with the National Advocacy Campaign (NAC). Since then, ANCOR has recognized more than 150 state and national direct support professionals and members of the long-term supports and services workforce. The campaign’s mission is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce. The awards honor and recognize the dedicated individuals who continually enrich the lives of the people with disabilities they serve.

Through its landmark National Advocacy Campaign, ANCOR continues to provide a strong voice in Washington for the direct support workforce on issues that affect their ability to provide quality supports to millions of Americans with disabilities. In addition, ANCOR has led the way to increasingly high standards for quality, inclusion and individual choice.

Why Submit a Nomination?

In addition to advancing the goals of the NAC, your nomination provides an opportunity to spotlight the critical value and importance you place on your dedicated direct support staff while educating your local media, elected officials and supporters about the value DSPs bring to their communities. Each nominee is considered a "finalist" and acknowledged accordingly by ANCOR.

Nomination Process

Only nominations submitted online through ANCOR's website will be eligible for consideration. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Please nominate only one person from each organization. For multi-state organizations, you may submit three nominations for each state in which you provide services. Please read carefully and follow the instructions on the nomination form.

Only nominations accompanied by a clear digital photograph of the nominee (preferably with the person(s) they serve or in a work environment) will be eligible for consideration.

All state and national award recipients will be announced at ANCOR's 2013 Conference, which will take place April 28-30 in Washington, DC. The national winner will be invited to attend the conference at ANCOR's expense.


Please direct any questions to Debra Langseth.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the direct support workforce and the delivery of quality long term supports and services to those with disabilities. All nominations are confidential. ANCOR will secure release forms from nominees before using their name or likeness in any public communications.