Summer Grassroots Focus:
Join our DSP for a Day Initiative, which aims to bring members of Congress to the frontlines of the DSP workforce crisis!
ANCOR's national DSP for a Day effort seeks to show members of Congress the reality and rewards of supports for people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD), by inviting the elected officials to shadow frontline staff (DSPs) during this upcoming August recess. This initiative is modelled off a campaign by PAR, a Pennsylvania state provider association, which paired state legislators with DSPs. We know from the PAR experience that policy-makers find incredible value in these realistic introductions to disability supports. By joining this initiative, you will help create lasting relationships with Congressional offices and create momentum for addressing the DSP workforce crisis. ANCOR has prepared a more in-depth information packet with a planning overview and all the email, etc. templates you will need to make this day a success.
Ready to take action?
We are looking for volunteers to fill two different roles! Reach out to Doris Parfaite-Claude, Federal Advocacy and Research Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or ask questions.
- State coordinators: In states where there is not a lead (see below), we are seeking coordinators who will serve as a point person between participating providers and Congressional offices and gather feedback from individual shadowing events as they occur. Our goal is to avoid individual Congressional offices from each receiving multiple requests from different providers, which could cause confusion.
- Participating providers: providers whose agencies will welcome members of Congress for one to three hours during the August recess.
ANCOR has partnered with our state association members to maximize participation in this project, as well as with members of ANCOR's Grassroots Work Group to serve as state leads. The states listed below have leads - please reach out to these individuals / organizations if you wish to participate as a host provider. If you do not see a lead listed for your state, please reach out to Doris Parfaite-Claude at email@example.com or Donna Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can identify one.
California: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach - Bayberry, Inc., contact Linda Plourde (email@example.com) and Jessica Sadowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Colorado: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach - Alliance of Colorado, contact Josh Rael at email@example.com
Connecticut: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach - CT Non-Profit Alliance, contact Ben Shaiken at firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach- Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FLARF), contact Suzanne Sewell at email@example.com
Georgia: Recruiting providers - Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD), contact Diane Wilush at firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach - Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF), contact Josh Evans at email@example.com
Maryland: Coordinating Congressional outreach - Mid-Atlantic Human Service Corporation, contact Parnell Barmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine: Recruiting providers - Maine Association for Community Service Providers (MACSP), contact Lydia Dawson at Lydia.Dawson@meacsp.org
Minnesota: Coordinating Congressional outreach - Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM), contact Madeleine Lerner at email@example.com
New York: Coordinating providers in target districts - Cerebral Palsy of New York State (CPNYS) and Interagency Council (IACNY), contact Barbara Crosier of CPNYS at bcrosier@CPOFNYS.ORG and Wini Schiff of IACNY at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach - Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), contact Anita Allen at email@example.com
Pennsylvania: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach - PAR, contact Mark Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington: Recruiting providers and coordinating Congressional outreach - Community Residential Services Association (CRSA), contact Scott Livengood at email@example.com