Wait until you read about the extraordinary people profiled in these pages – ANCOR’s 2018 Direct Support Professional Recognition Award Recipients embody excellence in action. On behalf of the entire ANCOR community, thank you! Recognizing Excellence is all about you – recognizing that each and every day you support people to realize the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your stories, and the stories of your colleagues across the nation, show us why your work matters. You are truly our heroes.
We are also very grateful to Relias, our Platinum Partner, who has generously underwritten the DSP Awards for the fourth year in a row. Relias, thank you! Recognition of excellence is important, but we cannot – and will not – stop there! ANCOR’s mission is to advance the ability of our members in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities, and that cannot be accomplished without obtaining the resources necessary to attract and retain professionals like this year’s award recipients. All too often we hear about previous awardees – DSPs that personified the best of the best – that with great reluctance left for a better paying job, not a profession. Turnover rates across the country are unacceptably high.
As we celebrate the accomplishments of these dedicated professionals, we ask that you join our campaign and spread the word about these fantastic DSPs. Through it we can help to educate your state and federal elected officials by showing that quality supports for people with disabilities require a stable, professional workforce!
—Barbara Merrill, ANCOR CEO