Advocacy is a major part of support for this California DSP of the Year. Armielynn is instrumental in encouraging people the agency supports to attend self-advocacy conferences, like the People First Conference. She helps them visit the State Legislature to become registered voters. “She helps me be in charge of my life,” says one man she supports.
Many call her “Armie” and she is respected and loved by all in the community. Her relationship-building skills are well known, and lead to mutual trust. One man she supports said: “She cares for me, but she also cares about me….I really love Armie.”
Another man wanted to remain in his home instead of moving into a skilled nursing program. Armie worked with his doctors, specialists, and insurance agencies to get him a high frequency chest wall oscillation device to help with his health. The device allowed him to remain in his home. She also worked hard and found him a more suitable day program that was a better fit to care for his medical needs.
One of her supervisors says of her: “I have never experienced an individual that more embodies all of the NADSP tenets than Armielynn. She exemplifies what being an outstanding DSP means. I have observed innumerable DSPs over the years and I have never seen anyone develop and maintain relationships better than Armielynn.”