The intersection of aging, ability, and direct support: A documentary film screening and discussion Featuring: “Invaluable – the unrecognized profession of direct support” – Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

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The intersection of aging, ability, and direct support: A documentary film screening and discussion Featuring: “Invaluable – the unrecognized profession of direct support”

Apr 29, 2022

Please join Illinois Aging Together for a 2-hour advocacy event that includes a full-length screening of the 44-minute video documentary, Invaluable – the unrecognized profession of direct support.

This film was produced by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, in a national effort to bring attention to the complexity of the direct support role, and the value this workforce brings to our communities, economy, and the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) (including older IDD populations and parents).

Following the film, we will have breakout discussions with guided questions to help us learn more about:

  • What creates barriers to meaningful services that allow people to live full lives with dignity and provide respite for family caregivers?
  • What does not exist in the state of Illinois, that should, to help older persons and individuals with disabilities at any age thrive and live full lives?
  • What challenges exist to establishing a sustainable and thriving personal aide/ homecare aide/ direct support professional workforce? How do we overcome these challenges?

Visiting Illinois Aging Together’s event page for registration and more information!