Friday, February 22, 2019

Good News Friday!

Alliance, a nonprofit, statewide association of Community Centered Boards (CCBs) and Program Approved Service Agencies (PASAs) dedicated to strengthening services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is hosting its annual I/DD Awareness Day Luncheon on February 27th.

Imagine! will be well represented at the event.

For starters, Imagine! employee Jason Kingsbury will be giving a presentation at the event. Last year, Jason was selected as the Alliance 2018 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year, and was asked to return speak at this year’s event to kick off the announcement of this year’s winner.

If you saw Jason’s acceptance speech last year, you know he’s going to do a great job this year. If you didn’t see the speech, you’re in luck, because I’m sharing a video of it below.

We also have a couple of Imagine! nominees for this year’s Alliance DSP of the Year award as well:

Brett Osborn

Here’s what the nomination had to say about Brett:

Brett has a heart full of care and compassion for all of the individuals with whom she works. She has made it a personal goal to get to know them well so she can be the best support and advocate possible. The results of this goal are plain to see. For example, Brett spends a lot of her time, on and off the clock, helping people when they’re in the hospital. She makes sure the hospital staff understands how to communicate with the individuals she serves and also makes a point to visit them and bring them personal items that will make them feel more at ease. Brett keeps a cool head in crisis and makes sure that everyone is safe and informed. Brett’s focus on each individual and their unique needs and desires makes her stand out among the rest of her colleagues. 

Hailey Schauer

Here’s what the nomination had to say about Hailey:

As Imagine! works to help implement new technology to increase their independence and quality of life, Hailey has not only been on board with trainings but has leaned in to do more. She has learned how to assist not only those whose tech plans have been assigned to her but everyone in the home where she works. She has also spent time working with every individual to determine what they need and what they want to get out of technology, and has proposed changes or new plans for how technology can be used. In addition to the work she does with the individuals she serves, Hailey also makes it a priority to help train other staff so that they can assist individuals in the use of their technology. 

The winner of the 2019 Alliance DSP Award will be announced at the I/DD Awareness Day. Regardless of the outcome, Imagine! and the people we serve are winners just for having Brett and Hailey around.

Learn more about all the amazing Colorado DSPs nominated for this prestigious award.

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