This summer, Direct Support Professionals employed by The Arc organizations in Maryland and individuals with IDD supported by DSPs were invited to join in on The Arc Maryland’s photo contest and the opportunity to win cash prizes for themselves and their chapter of The Arc!
It’s Where You Belong
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live fulfilling lives in the community. To be a successful DSP, a person must be adaptable, resourceful, compassionate, and creative. People find their calling as a DSP when they realize they are in a place they belong. DSPs also support people to find belonging in all they do – like going to a ball game, working and earning in a job they enjoy, or meeting up with friends.
One photo across all submissions was selected to receive $500. Additionally, their chapter of The Arc received $500 towards a celebration during Direct Support Professional Recognition Week from September 11th to 17th!
Honorees were also selected as winners in each of these four categories: Live, Learn, Work, and Play. These individual category award-winning photo submissions received $250.
- Live – Supporting people to succeed in their everyday activities.
- Learn – Fostering growth in education and personal life.
- Work – Helping others become hard-working employers.
- Play – Enjoying life to its fullest!
Winners also have the opportunity to participate in a professional photo shoot!
Grand Prize Winner
Thank you to the following submitters, whose contributions couldn’t go unseen! Honorable mentions received a $100 prize.