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ANCOR in the News - 10.05.22

Nominations Now Open for the 2023 Moving Mountains Awards

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By ANCOR, NADSP and the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration

Through ANCOR’s partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, the Moving Mountains Awards recognize organizations using leading practices in direct support workforce development that result in improved outcomes for people with disabilities. Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Moving Mountains Awards.

Submit Your Application Today

Organizations applying for the award are required to demonstrate how their workforce practices and philosophies align with the key principles of NADSP. These principles are:

  • All direct support professionals (DSPs) benefit from access to well-constructed educational experiences (e.g., competency-based trainings, continuing and higher education) and lifelong learning.
  • Certifying highly-qualified workers incentivizes continuing education, increased compensation, and access to career pathways for DSPs, thereby improving retention.
  • Values-based and ethical decision-making can be learned and infused into daily practice.
  • Strengthening relationships and partnerships between DSPs, self-advocates, and other advocacy groups and families improves the quality of support.

The winning organization(s) will be honored and will share their initiatives during the ANCOR Annual Conference taking place April 24-26, 2023, in Chicago, IL. Winners will be notified in advance.

If you have questions regarding the completion of the application, please email the Moving Mountains Coordinators. For information about previous award winners, visit our Past Award Winners page.

The deadline for Moving Mountains Award applications is Friday, December 2 at 11:59 pm CDT.