Makom Takes Its Place
Makom, a Hebrew word meaning place, is also the name of a Maryland provider of residential and other services for people with disabilities. In the latest issue of Impact, Makom CEO David Ervin writes a revealing, thoughtful article about how the organization diversified its board, targeted marketing resources toward underrepresented communities, and trained staff members on self-determination and social justice—arriving at a destination that is more than a place on a map.
From Pandemic’s Depths, A New Passion
A college student during the pandemic, Emma Baldwin (they/she) struggled with mental health issues and a new autism diagnosis. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree, they went home to California to regroup.
But they returned to St. Paul to a job as a training coordinator at Proof Alliance, an organization focused on preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders that had helped their family in the past. Baldwin is energized by the immediacy of the work.
They also serve on ICI’s Community Advisory Council—offering expertise and feedback on critical initiatives—and on the St. Paul Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.
Wellness Matters Podcast for Direct Support
The daily demands of being a direct support professional (DSP) can often lead to stress and burnout. And when a DSP is stressed, they are likely to make errors that can be costly.
Join Mark Olson and Chet Tschetter as they bring you a podcast series that dives into how DSPs can practice self care. You can download and listen to "Wellness Matters for Direct Support" wherever you get your podcast. This ICI podcast series is produced by and for DSPs.