Creative Solutions for Community Living, Ep. 5: DSP Crisis: Implications and Creative Solutions
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The United States is seeing an overall shortage of Direct Support Professionals. Over time this is impacting the quality of services as well as the ability of people with disabilities to live in the community with supports. Service providers are tasked with ensuring quality services and thus are finding innovative ways to provide those services. We will discuss innovative supports and uses of technology to continue to ensure quality supports.

3/27/2020
When: Friday, March 27, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
Where: Online Zoom webinar
United States
Contact: Donald Taylor
(202) 817-3264


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This is the fifth part of TASH's six-part webinar series, Creative Solutions to the Community Living Crisis. To learn more or register for the complete series, click here.

1:00 PM Eastern, Friday, March 27, 2020

Shay Bernard, Support Coordination Standards Specialist, Progressive Community Services

Jennifer Lengyel, Executive Director, Total Living Concept

About this Episode

The United States is seeing an overall shortage of Direct Support Professionals. Over time this is impacting the quality of services as well as the ability of people with disabilities to live in the community with supports. Service providers are tasked with ensuring quality services and thus are finding innovative ways to provide those services. We will discuss innovative supports and uses of technology to continue to ensure quality supports.

About the Presenters

A tight-in portrait of Shahariah (Shay) Bernard. Her dark hair curls around her face and blocks the strong light coming from the left of the image. She has bright brown eyes and is wearing a mock-neck shirt.Shay Bernard is currently the Support Coordination Standards Specialist for Progressive Community Services in St. Joseph, Missouri. Progressive Community Services strives to think outside of the box to ensure people they support live their best lives. Shay began her career with the agency in 2002 as direct support staff and then returned in 2013 as a Support Coordinator and then Supervisor. Over the past 7 years, Shay has assisted people with obtaining supports they need to be as independent as possible. More recently, Progressive Community Services has focused on the use of technology to help counter-balance the lack of staffing available in Buchanan County and other statewide budget shortfalls. Shay has been on the forefront of connecting people with technology that has successfully improved their independence and safety. Shay has a personal investment that drives her commitment as well. Her uncle receives funded supports to live an independent life. It is this relationship that sparks her passion to ensure that all people have value and receive the support and care needed to live inclusive lives.

A color portrait of Jennifer Lengyel. She is smiling with pursed lips. She has straight, shoulder-length brown hair, a red shirt with a white undershirt, and a thin golden necklace.The background has large slanted windows with bright light streaming in.Jennifer Lengyel is the Executive Director of Total Living Concept in Kent, Washington, a person centered agency supporting over 70 individuals in different capacities to live, work and become valued community members. She has been working and advocating for individuals with disabilities to live in their own homes for the last 24 years.