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September 2021

Invaluable: the unrecognized profession of direct support

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-5
Webinar

A multi-perspective documentary depicting the critical juncture the United States is facing where national and state strategies must be implemented to secure the direct support workforce and save our systems from regression.

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John F. Kennedy Jr. Award for Direct Support Workforce Advocacy & Leadership

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC+0
Webinar

Date: September 13, 2021 10:00am EST - Register now We are proud that Jerry Smith, a valued colleague of the DirectCourse team at University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, is being honored with the 2021 John F. Kennedy Jr. Award for Workforce Advocacy and Leadership. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith was a leading contributor in the ICI/NADSP “DSPs and COVID-19” surveys where more than 24,000 direct support professionals shared their experiences in the largest sample of DSP responders in…

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Providing Direct Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: National Survey Review

September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Webinar

Date: September 13, 2021 1:00pm EST - Register now Join this session to learn about the most significant results from UMN’s three national surveys and offers her recommendations on how to use this data to impact public policy and advocate for meaningful change. Presented by: Dr. Amy Hewitt, PhD. Director, Institute on Community Integration at The University of Minnesota and founder of DirectCourse online training.

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Of the Community

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm UTC+0
Webinar

This film follows the lives of 8 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their journey to true community living! It also warns service providers of unconscious institutional mindsets that can threaten good intentions.

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Always Fresh, Always Relevant, Frontline Initiative

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Webinar

Date: September 15, 2021 1:00pm EST - Register now Where do you and your DSP’s get your industry news? Frontline Initiative is a free, online magazine series, published twice a year, covering the issues important to direct support professionals and supervisors who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other disabilities in a variety of community settings. Join the editors at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, as they dive into the latest issue with stories of…

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