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Amy Hewitt, Mikala Mukongolwa, Traci LaLiberte and others at the University of Namibia.

Namibia: Community-Driven Priorities

University of Minnesota leaders in child welfare and disability worked with Namibian stakeholders last month to start a center for children with disabilities at the University of Namibia.

Based on her work experience in another country with scarce resources and little infrastructure, ICI Director Amy Hewitt (pictured at center) emphasized the need for replicable models.

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David R. Johnson.

David Johnson: Unwavering Commitment

With sadness, colleagues at the University of Minnesota are mourning the passing of David R. Johnson on July 4. Johnson, who led ICI from 1997 to 2018, devoted his career to improving education for students with disabilities. He helped develop the foundational roots of ICI in the 1980s as a center of excellence in moving people with developmental disabilities out of institutions and into full lives in their communities of choice.

“We are saddened by the death of our colleague and friend,” ICI Director Amy Hewitt said. “David was one of the most respected leading experts in the nation for his work related to the transition from school to adult life.”

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Moving Mountains logo, showing the logos of NADSP, RTC on Community Living, and ANCOR.

Moving Mountains: Perspectives, Richcroft

ICI, the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, and ANCOR recently announced the 2024 Moving Mountains Award will go to Perspectives Corp. and Richcroft, Inc.

“By their example and through sharing what’s working with colleagues, these organizations will influence thousands more DSPs across the country,” said Amy Hewitt, director of ICI.

Read more about the award.