Direct Support Professional of the Year Award
In recognition of the critical role that direct support professionals (DSPs) play in Ohio's DD support system, OACB has commissioned a new award to be presented annually to a DSP who exemplifies the field's standards of professionalism, integrity, compassion, and respect. This award will recognize a DSP who has routinely exceeded the standards of the profession and whose work has had a demonstrable effect on the quality of life, wellbeing, and/or safety of a person they serve. Strong nominations will include specific examples of how the nominee has had this effect. These might include:
• Specific actions the DSP took to open new opportunities for a person served;
The award recipient will be invited to OACB's Annual Awards Reception. The winner will receive one night of lodging and dinner for their immediate family courtesy of OACB.
OACB encourages nominations from people receiving direct services, family members, or provider agency managers who want to recognize the good work of one of their employees. Nominees of all experience levels will be considered.
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2021 Direct Support Professional of the Year
Past Award Winners
2019 - Tangeala Bevens, Independent Provider, Logan County