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DSP Appreciation Week 2015

SRVS and other Disability services providers across the country   celebrated and honored our Direct Support Professionals from September 13th -19th. The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) announced that members of the U.S. Senate reintroduced Senate Resolution 245 designating the week of September 13th as "National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week." Senate Resolution 245 recognizes Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for their  commitment to supporting individuals and promoting community-inclusion for individuals of all ages with disabilities. This year's resolution marked the eighth consecutive year of recognition by the U.S. Senate.

"Today, we have the opportunity to recognize the millions of direct support professionals who provide essential services to individuals with disabilities, to thank them for their commitment and dedication, and to express our appreciation for the critically important work they do every day throughout our country," said Senator Ben Cardin of  Maryland. "Each Direct Support Professional brings us closer as a nation to achieving the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act of full community participation for individuals with disabilities. These dedicated professionals work tirelessly every day of the year providing skilled and compassionate supports to individuals with disabilities."The week kicked off with various SRVS Directors and Managers providing lunch for their Direct Support Professionals and concluded with all DSPs receiving a $25 gift card.

Special thanks to all DSPs for your continuous dedication and commitment to the agency and the individuals we support.

Posted by SRVS PR at Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 0 comments
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17th Annual Spirit of SRVS held

The 17th Annual Spirit of SRVS, presented by Sedgwick and Wanda and John Barzizza, entertained more than 800 guests at the Hilton Memphis on Saturday, August 1. The event grossed more than $190,000 through ticket sales, auction items, sponsorships and donations.

More than 30 restaurants and vendors were present and gave guests a variety of delicious appetizers, desserts and wines to taste. The Company d Dancers performed for their 14th time. SRVS Star Performers rocked the house with a dance to "Uptown Funk," and SRVS Kids & Families graduate Rachel Mast gave a special presentation entitled “I Love My Life.”

A ‘spirited’ bid battle took place in the live auction over Lisa Dick’s commemorative artwork, “Making the World a Bigger Place,” with the winning bid going for $6,500. Due to the battle, Lisa Dick offered to paint an additional commemorative artwork to the second highest bidder, if he agreed to match the winning bid. The offer was gladly accepted.After a brief intermission, the auction floor was cleared away to reveal a dance floor for patrons with a concert by the band, The King Beez. The band kept many on the dance floor well into the night.

Special thanks to sponsors, auction donors, community volunteers, Spirit of SRVS Chairs and Committee Members, SRVS Board of Directors, SRVS staff and people supported.

Posted by SRVS PR at Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 0 comments
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Access to the Arts: SRVS’ Dance Class Brings New Experience to Individuals with Disabilities

In 2013, SRVS launched Joy of Movement, a weekly dance class for people supported at SRVS Learning Center in Memphis, TN.  We were proud to bring some of the first accessible arts programming to our facility and give individuals with disabilities the chance to experience dance and creative movement in much the same way as their typical peers. Two years later, Joy of Movement is still going strong.  Around twenty-five people supported participate each week. 

Joy of Movement has proven to be much more than an extra activity to offer our individuals at the learning center.   It is also enhancing their quality of life.  Many eagerly anticipate the class and ask about it throughout the week.  Learning purposeful movement through choreography increases their self-awareness and physical coordination.  Practicing dance allows the people supported to express their emotions in a creative and appropriate manner.

“What we value most about being able to offer this dance class is that it flips the script for so many of the participants, “ said Astrid French, Curriculum Coordinator at SRVS Learning Center. “When they have the chance to learn new skills, suddenly these individuals have more self confidence and become more aware of what they are capable of doing. It helps them realize their abilities, instead of focusing on their disabilities.” 

Learn More 

To learn more about making arts programming inclusive and accessible to all audiences, download the Tennessee Arts Commission’s new guide, Expanding Access to the Arts for Persons with Disabilities. 

To learn more about Joy of Movement, contact Lindsay Weaver at  SRVS invites the community to participate in the dance class once a month.  SRVS’ dance class is supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission, ArtsMemphis, and individual donations. 

Posted by SRVS PR at Tuesday, June 2, 2015 | 0 comments
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