The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) on May 8 recognized Adrian Walker, a SRVS employee, as the 2012 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Tennessee. “SRVS is proud of Walker’s recognition,” said SRVS executive director Tyler Hampton. “This honor is a reflection of Walker’s commitment to supporting people with disabilities and the quality of services provided by SRVS.”
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)—often referred to as caregivers, personal assistants and direct care or homecare aides—provide daily support services for millions of Americans with disabilities. Thanks to DSPs, people with disabilities are able to live fulfilling and independent lives and be active participants in their communities.
“DSPs are an essential element of the social and economic life in communities throughout the country,” says Wendy Sokol, president of ANCOR. “It is important that we recognize these individuals, like Adrian, who give so much every day to our families, our friends, our neighbors.”
The ANCOR Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is judged on criteria in concert with the overall philosophy of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign. Among other criteria, nominees are judged on their effectiveness in building social networks; meaningful and productive participation in the community for the people they serve; and advocating or effecting change on behalf of people with disabilities.
“This year’s national and state DSP of the Year were chosen from among 212 nominations of highly qualified DSPs,” said ANCOR CEO Renee Pietrangelo. “Adrian Walker’s consistent commitment to improving people’s access to and engagement in the community deserves public recognition as well as our utmost regard and respect.”
SRVS is honored to have Adrian Walker as a DSP at SRVS Learning Center. Adrian is a dedicated employee and is most deserving of this award.