September 5, 2017
Congratulations to Direct Support Professional, Teyanna Bailey, for being recognized as one of the top five Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in Delaware for her leadership in supporting people with disabilities. Bailey, who supports individuals attending the day program for adults with intellectual disabilities (IDS) in Georgetown, was nominated by her supervisors and honored at an annual event held by the Ability Network of Delaware. Bailey received the “Leader” award, which recognizes a DSP who “embraces and advances the vision for the future of his/her organization or profession and leads by example.”
“To win the DSP Leader award means so much. To me it means I’ve listened to the voices of my participants and tended to their needs,” Bailey said. “A lot of times people look at having a disability as a disadvantage when it’s not. There is always an advantage to it. Those who have disabilities see the world in a different light, and it’s really a great opportunity that they allow others to see it from their viewpoint.”
A number of DSPs from Easterseals were nominated for these awards, including: Qualisha Colmon (New Castle Intellectual Disability Services), Shelagh Earl (New Castle Intellectual Disability Services), Elvia Magana (New Castle Adult Day Services), Lisa Riddleberger (Kent Intellectual Disability Services), Rebecca Rogers (New Castle In-Home Services), Theresa Vialva (New Castle In-Home Services), Linda Wheeler (Sussex Adult Day Services), and Donna White (New Castle Driver).