Michigan’s DSP of the Year is a Rehabilitation Educator who is seemingly everywhere in their small town. SueAnn Levack is supports ResCare’s clients and also assists other local disabled individuals in town by taking them to medical appointments, to go fishing, shopping for groceries, and even sewing clothes. SueAnn works on Relay for Life clothing, hemming pants, replacing shirt buttons, and creating Halloween costumes for clients who need them.
SueAnn’s supports are all based on the NADSP Code of Ethics. But she thrives the most on Tenet 2 – ‘Promoting Physical and Emotional Well-Being.’ Melissa Hasler, who nominated her, says “SueAnn develops solid relationships with all of our people supported, as well as staff members; and she gains the respect and trust by all of those she meets and works with.”
She says that SueAnn works with a client, who, if left up to him, would eat pizza and drink soda for every meal of the day. “She really works hard with him, teaching him the importance of healthy eating and staying active,” says Hasler. “Every week SueAnn creates a healthy menu and ensures that he follows it.”
Not only does SueAnn support the clients served, but she also supports staff members. She offers rides to those in need, helps buy groceries for those who cannot afford it, and babysits children for staff. SueAnn is truly appreciated by all who are fortunate enough to know her.