As part of the observance of the 75th anniversary of Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the organization is celebrating Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Sept. 10-16, by saluting stellar direct support professionals with the longest tenure in serving people with disabilities, seniors and their families. The DSPs were identified from each program in Easterseals’ statewide locations.
“We are honored to recognize the longevity and dedication of this amazing group of DSPs. Congratulations and thank you for your many years of service,” said Kenan Sklenar, Easterseals president and CEO. “DSPs are an essential resource for people with disabilities and their families. Easterseals is proud of all our DSPs and the work they do each day to provide the critical support of the people we serve.”
DSPs being recognized this year for the dedication and passion they bring to their work and the people with disabilities and seniors are: Kim Edmonds (32 years, supported employment services in Georgetown); Nicole Everett (21 years, life skills program in Dover); Angie Ganges (22 years, pre-vocational services in Newark); Kristi Hughes, (16 years, day services for adults with intellectual disabilities in New Castle); and Ebony Keaton (15 years, adult day services in Georgetown).
Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is held annually in September to honor the dedicated direct support professional workforce and highlights the essential work done to support people with disabilities across the country so they can lead more independent lives.