The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Alli Strong-Martin

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About Alli

Alli Strong-Martin serves as ANCOR’s Communications Coordinator. Having joined ANCOR in 2022, Alli supports the Communications team in creating, editing and disseminating compelling and informative content to the ANCOR community.

Identifying as a person with a disability herself, Alli’s advocacy surrounding disability rights and inclusion is not just professional, it’s personal. Before joining ANCOR, Alli worked for a disability service provider in Minnesota, where she served as a trainer and facilitator on disability rights and inclusion to community organizations and employer partners. There, she educated community partners, direct support professionals and other service providers on topics such as ableism, allyship, intersectionality, language/mindsets about disability, power/privilege dynamics in service provider organizations, stigma, and more. Earlier in her career, Alli served in direct support roles working with children and teens with disabilities and worked on global disability rights advocacy and inclusive international development programming.

Alli earned her M.A. in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2019. She holds a B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership & International Studies from Murray State University.

Currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Alli is a lifelong learner whose hobbies include reading every book she can get her hands on, planning her next travel destination abroad, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and dog.