MONTPELIER, Vermont- Apr 22, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — This morning, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) announced that Nicole Dufour and Marian Mulbah-Poquee, both Direct Support Professionals at The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc., have been named the recipient of the 2019 DSP of the Year award.
Dufour and Mulbah-Poquee join more than four dozen other recipients of ANCOR’s 2019 Direct Support Professional of the Year awards, chosen from a field of nearly 350 outstanding nominees.
“IPPI is overwhelmingly proud of Nicole Dufour and Marian Mulbah-Poquee for their award recognition of course, but more importantly for their dedication and commitment to true community inclusion for the individuals we support,” said Lou Giramma, IPPI CEO. “We cannot think of two people who more clearly demonstrate the power of person-centered supports, and we’re so grateful that ANCOR has recognized both Nicole and Marian with this high-profile honor.”
Awarded annually since 2007, ANCOR’s Direct Support Professional of the Year awards recognize outstanding professionals who provide long-term supports and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The awards and the accompanying presentation at ANCOR’s Annual Conference were created to celebrate the important role Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) play in ensuring individuals with I/DD can be included and empowered in their communities, and to raise awareness about a direct support workforce in crisis. Nationally, turnover rates near 50 percent amount to a significant shortage of DSPs.