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Mar 16, 2010

ANCOR Recognized for National Advocacy Campaign

 

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has been named to the 2010 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leaders of Washington, DC. ANCOR received the award for its National Advocacy Campaign (NAC) for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).
 
The Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards recognize innovative association programs, activities and initiatives that advance our society in a way that goes beyond the association's "everyday" best practices to truly generate a public benefit.
 
ANCOR's nomination for the award focused on three specific areas of the campaign:
 
  • The DSP of the Year Awards, which recognize DSPs who build social capital for consumers, demonstrate leadership and exceed expectations; 
  • DSP Recognition Week, which fosters national, state and local celebrations that highlight the value of DSPs who make inclusion in community life possible for people with disabilities; and 
  • Federal advocacy, including H.R. 868 which aims to alleviate the wage crisis and ANCOR's ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor to advance training and professionalism among DSP.  
ANCOR is a national association representing more than 850 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 385,000 individuals with disabilities. The National Advocacy Campaign seeks to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce. The campaign aims to secure adequate public funding to provide competitive wages and benefits, education and training for DSPs, and promote the value that people with disabilities and those who support them bring to their communities.
 
McGuireWoods Consulting has represented ANCOR since 2006. Jeff Britt (Richmond) manages grassroots programs for ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign, and Barnaby Harkins has provided federal government relations assistance.
 
McGuireWoods Consulting congratulates ANCOR for this outstanding achievement and recognition.
 

Click here for more information on ANCOR and their National Advocacy Campaign.