In last week's Weekly Update, ANCOR featured a photo of Esme Grant-Grewal, ANCOR's Senior Director of Government Relations, presenting at the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). Esme spoke to the committee on behalf of our workforce, appealing to the committee to make the direct support for people with disabilities a focus.
After providing personal testimony and the presentation of data highlighting the extent of the needs within the workforce arena, Esme stated "We do not have time to wait. People with disabilities need to know that they can be supported by one or two individuals that earn their trust instead of the ten or more that they are becoming accustomed to." You can read Esme's complete testimony here.
Later this week we were notified that workforce would be the central focus of the PCPID in the coming year. It was close, but Esme's testimony, data, and perspective helped push them into this direction. There are many issues important to the disability community, and we know that a fairly compensated, compassionate, and well-trained workforce is the cornerstone to the type of support that allows many people with disabilities to freely live their lives.
We at ANCOR are proud of Esme and thank her for her tireless work, and want to share this news as both a celebration and reminder that we continue to be a leading voice in advocating for key workforce issues.