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Jessica Simacek at work in the teleoutreach lab, which she directs. She is wearing a headset and looking at a tablet and watching somebody talk on her computer screen. There is a smartphone plugged in on her desk.

Transforming Behavioral Health Access for Geographically Dispersed and Military Families

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.

Read more about using telehealth to reach families in need.

Sergiy Sydoriv, back row second from right, with pre-service teaching students who have been reading to children during the war in Ukraine. Some of the students are holding Valentine's Day cards.

To Survive, and to Laugh

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.”

Read more about Sydoriv promoting inclusion in a warzone.

Direct support professional Susan Pavao and a person she supports make lunch in a kitchen.

Support Work: Realizing Inclusion

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.”

Learn how ICI is helping to revamp direct support.