Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and led by ICI's Jessica Simacek (pictured), this project will use teleoutreach to improve outcomes for children and adolescents with developmental, emotional, or behavioral health needs. It is intended for military families, geographically-dispersed families, and families who are highly mobile or lack providers near their homes.
It is the second anniversary of the outbreak of war in Ukraine, yet education professor Sergiy Sydoriv (back row, second from right) still instructs his pre-service teaching students (pictured holding Valentine's cards) about inclusive education. He completed a fellowship at ICI back in 2017, but now air-raid sirens interrupt his classes. Schools have been destroyed. Many Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and Sydoriv must remain in the country in case he is called to fight. Yet even the war has not dimmed his commitment to inclusive education and humanism.
“We need to survive, and also to smile and to laugh.”
Direct support professionals (DSPs) support people with disabilities in daily living tasks like preparing meals, but low pay for DSPs mean chronic staff shortages that make inclusive community living unachievable for many people. ICI’s Direct Support Workforce Solutions group works with stakeholders in several states to recruit and retain DSPs. “We’re seeing more action in states than ever in terms of identifying the need for a strong direct-care workforce.”