Title/Department: Community Living
# of Years with The Arc NCR: Over 1 ½ years
Nominated by: Sarah Ortiz-Brown
Here are the Highlights from Judith’s nomination:
Advocating for Supported Individuals
Judi advocates for the people she supports every day. She sees people for who they are, not their differing abilities. Judi knows how important it is for people to feel happy and have choices. Prior to COVID-19, Judi led the after-hours group for individuals in the Personal Supports program. The individuals in that group looked forward to attending every week. Judi provided these supports every week after her normal work hours. She helps to create an environment where the people she supports feel safe and supported. Most recently, Judi has gone out of her way to sit with the men she supports to educate them about COVID-19. They had a difficult time understanding why they could not leave their home. Judi took the time to watch the news with them and explain what everything meant, how it affected them and how they could stay safe.
Enhancing Community Participation for Supported Individuals
Judi understands the importance of community participation. Prior to COVID-19, Judi routinely suggested new community activities. The junior’s group in Community Partners had the opportunity to begin participating in chair Zumba through Harford County Parks & Recreation. Judi asked if she could be the DSP to take them so she could help motivate people and get them engaged. Most recently, Judi has been very creative in getting the men she supports out of the house. They routinely ride bikes in their neighborhood, go for walks, and garden outside.
Top Three Attributes
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those supported by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region. It is an honor to celebrate your work and commitment to our mission.
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