The academy is run by RCM of Washington, a company that provides support to people with disabilities. Its goal is twofold — provide career opportunities to people with disabilities while also addressing the shortage of home health aides and DSPs.
“Quite frankly from a business perspective, having an employee coming to you fully trained and qualified is good business practice,” said Susan Brooks, operations manager for RCM. She added that for the aide, “There’s a level of understanding and compassion and passion for what they’re doing as well as that strive to help someone achieve equity.”
The other 11 students in Mack’s training class have autism or other developmental or intellectual disabilities. The group is the second to enroll in the program, and the first adults. A group of nine high school seniors with disabilities graduated last spring from the course with at least one now working as an aide, Brooks said.
DSPs help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live more independently by assisting with daily tasks like bathing, cooking, cleaning and transportation.
The DSP Academy is free to participants, with funding coming from Read More...