A self-portrait of Avery Hunter facing the title of his solo exhibition at ICI.

ICI Art Exhibit Opens This Week

On July 7, artist Avery Hunter opens his first solo exhibition at the Brenden-Mann Community Center, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, 2025 E. River Parkway. He will discuss his art and advocacy at  an open reception that day.

The exhibition is part of ICI's Art for All program, which is a venue for artists with disabilities. During the July 7 artist talk, Hunter will discuss his work and his life as a transgender man living with disabilities. Read more about Avery.

Graphic promoting the DSP survey, showing the logos of ICI and NADSP.

Direct Support Survey Closes Later This Month

Two years after creating the largest survey to date of direct support professionals, ICI and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals recently launched an expanded survey  that will explore how technology has changed the field during the pandemic. Direct support workers are encouraged to respond soon because the survey closes later this month.

About 10,000 direct support workers participated in the initial survey in 2020. This is the fourth survey in a series that has uncovered racial disparities in DSP wages and hours, revealed DSPs having to pay out of pocket for their own protective equipment, and documented the impact of the pandemic on staff turnover rates that were already at crisis levels. Read more about the survey.

Logo for 2022 Reinventing Quality conference.

Register for Reinventing Quality

The 2022 Reinventing Quality Conference conference starts at the end of this month. Held every two years, Reinventing Quality showcases best practices in person-centered supports from across the nation. ICI is among the conference hosts and ICI staff will present.

This year the conference will be held July 31 - August 2 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration is open.