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New Avenues Miriam Sigman receives two Direct Support Professional honors

 Miriam Sigman, New Avenues Direct Support Professional, was recently honored with two prestigious awards at the national and state levels.

Each year, ANCOR, American Network of Community Options and Resources, proudly honors Direct Support Professionals (DSP) who selflessly improve the quality of life in communities throughout the nation. ANCOR is the trade association for providers of services to individuals with developmental disabilities, like New Avenues.

ANCOR’s DSP of the Year Award recognizes the stars of the direct support workforce– dedicated individuals who find creative ways to support the people we serve. In April, ANCOR announced that Miriam Sigman, New Avenues DSP, was  selected as the Ohio State Winner for the DSP of the Year.

Families of clients supported this nomination by writing letters of affirmation with words of praise. Ms. Sigman was honored with other DSPs from across the country at ANCOR’s 2013 Conference, DSP’s TO DC, on April 29-30 in Washington D.C.

Ms. Sigman was also honored by being named Long-Term Care (LTC) Non-Licensed Direct Care Professional of the Year by the Ohio Health Care Association. Ohio’s long-term care facilities employ over 80,000 professionals who care for more than 90,000 residents. These employees are the backbone of the LTC community, with facilities relying on dedicated teamwork and skills to provide quality care and compassion to patients and families. The Association’s Professional Achievement Awards are designed to honor those individuals who have excelled in providing outstanding care in a cooperative spirit of teamwork.

The presentation took place at the Ohio Health Care Association Awards Luncheon on April 30, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio.

Ms. Sigman has excelled as a DSP at New Avenues Day Services and Zeve and Presser Cottages for over 35 years, working closely with adult men and women with mild to severe disabilities. She was chosen for these two awards because of her extraordinary abilities to:

· Develop positive, motivating relationships with her clients

· Help individuals become more independent

· Encourage and support the formation of relationships in her clients’ lives

· Focus on the individual and not the disability

· Be a role model to other staff members


When presented with a commendation from the New Avenues Board of Directors at their May meeting, Siggy stated, “I get more from coming to work with these wonderful people than I could possibly give!”



Congratulations Siggy!