ST. LOUIS – May 8, 2017 – The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has recognized Rick Maclin of Easterseals Midwest as the 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Missouri. “Rick brings incredible dedication, compassion, and optimism into the lives of every family he supports. We are proud to congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition,” said Wendy Sullivan, CEO of Easterseals Midwest.
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) – also referred to direct care or homecare aides – provide a wide array of daily support services for the 1.4 million Americans with disabilities who need assistance to lead full, independent lives in the community. Since 2007, ANCOR has honored exceptional Direct Support Professionals with the Direct Support Professional Recognition Award for exemplary work in furthering community inclusion and full participation for the many Americans living with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
“The work of DSPs do is so important, not just to the people with disabilities, but also to the social and economic lives of the persons they support and their communities,” said Angela King, president of ANCOR. “DSPs like Rick deserve recognition for the important work they do every day.”
“When it comes to supporting community living, inclusion and choice for people with disabilities, DSPs are the front line workers we rely on,” said Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR. “These awards are just one small measure of saying thank you to individuals like Rick.”
“This year, ANCOR received hundreds of nominations highlighting DSPs from across the nation,” continued Merrill. “Rickstood out, and he can be proud of the difference his work has made for the people he supports at Easterseals Midwest.”
ANCOR’s Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is given to those who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign. Nominees are judged on their success in helping people with disabilities build social networks and engage in substantive community participation and for advocating for the people they serve. Relias Learning, an organization which offers online training to senior care, health and human services, public safety, and intellectual and developmental disabilities organizations, is an underwriter of the ANCOR DSP awards for the third year in a row.
About Easterseals Midwest | Easterseals Midwest is a nonprofit organization changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. The organization employs 1,700 employees delivering services to more than 4,500 individuals statewide through four divisions: Autism Services, Community Living Services, Early Childhood Services and Employment Services.
About ANCOR | The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 1,200 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 800,000 individuals with disabilities with a workforce that’s over half a million strong. ANCOR advocates for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.