(L-R): Adrian Walker accepts his national ANCOR Award for Direct Support Professional of the Year for the state of Tennessee from ANCOR president Wendy Sokol.
Memphis, TN — The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) on May 8 recognized Adrian Walker of SRVS in Memphis 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."
(L-R): SRVS DSP Adrian Walker and Alex Williams work on hand-eye coordination with one of their favorite games.
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."
About SRVS. SRVS is a United Way agency and the largest and most comprehensive service provider for people with disabilities in West Tennessee supporting more than 800 individuals through a variety of programs including a learning center, employment services, residential living, elder care and adult supports, family support and clinical services all under one roof. The mission of SRVS is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities in a way that brings peace of mind to families and unmatched stewardship for our benefactors. SRVS is the Family Answer for Disabilities. For more information about SRVS, visit www.srvs.org.
About ANCOR. The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 800 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 400,000 individuals with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization, ANCOR successfully addresses the needs and interests of private providers before Congress and federal agencies, continually advocating for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Through its National Advocacy Campaign, ANCOR seeks to obtain the resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce. ANCOR provides organization, professional, leadership development and networking opportunities and services and is continually working toward partnerships and collaborations that advance our vision, mission and goals. Its prime goal is to be the indispensable leader, resource and advocate for a diverse private disability services network that ensures full citizenship and engaged community participation for people with disabilities of all ages. For more information about the DSP workforce, visit www.youneedtoknowme.org. For more information about ANCOR, visit www.ancor.org.