National Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week was held September 7th to the 13th. The United State Senate declared the week beginning September 7th as National DSP Recognition Week to recognize “the dedication of direct support professionals and the vital role direct support professionals have in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities of all ages.” NCTC employees 37 direct support professionals, in both the residential and vocational programs that serve individuals affected by intellectual/developmental disabilities in Nemaha County. DSPs provide a broad range of services from helping with daily activities such as bathing and dressing to providing assistance with job training, medication administration and development of social skills. It is through daily interaction with DSPs that the individuals served by NCTC are able to achieve informed lifestyle choices and build on abilities.
NCTC also celebrated achievements by community partners, staff and individuals affected by intellectual/development disabilities during a Recognition Event on Sunday, September 21st. Approximately 200 people were in attendance for the event, held at the Bern Community Building, that honored and recognized accomplishments of individuals served, staff employment anniversaries, and support from community individuals, businesses, and organizations. Homemade ice cream and cookies were served and the afternoon was capped off with a slideshow of memories from the last two years. NCTC would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the event possible including those who gave financial contributions to help cover the cost of the event, Terry and Dreda Smith for making their delicious ice cream, The Miller’s Daughter Bakery for the wonderful cookies, Henry Retail Liquor and Deli for donating ice and volunteers from the Stateliners 4-H club who served at the event.
Nemaha County Training Center Inc. (NCTC), established in 1975, is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization supporting individuals affected by intellectual/developmental disabilities in Nemaha County. For additional information on services provided by NCTC or to learn how to support NCTC, visit our website at nemahactc.org.