|INDIANAPOLIS (March 11, 2022) — Easterseals Crossroads is the proud recipient of two awards presented at the annual conference for Indiana ASPE (Association for People Supporting Employment). The conference took place Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10 at Marriott East Indianapolis.
Brandy Dickerson, a lead retention specialist at Easterseals Crossroads, received the Lois Curtis Personal Achievement Award, recognizing an individual’s personal achievement in advocating for inclusive, individualized, community-based employment and/or independent living.
“Brandy never lets her own disability (cerebral palsy) limit her in any area of her life; her personal goal is to educate and advocate on disability in her words and actions, yet most of all by example. Brandy’s motto in life is based on determination and never giving up. She believes that all things are possible when focusing on the end result,” said Easterseals Crossroads Director of Employment Programs Marjorie Duryea.
In addition, the Easterseals Crossroads Assistive Technology Center received the Dave Hammis Innovation Award, awarded to individuals or organizations who demonstrate innovation in the area of technology, customized strategies and/or self-employment for individuals with significant disabilities.
“The assistive technology program at Easterseals Crossroads consistently demonstrates exceptional outside-the-box, creative thinking when common technology solutions are not readily available for on-the-job accommodations,” said Easterseals Crossroads Vice President Bruce Schnaith. “These often non-technology solutions include one-of-a-kind devices and tools conceptualized and created to accommodate individual needs to ensure successful employment outcomes.”
IN-APSE is a membership organization formed in 1988 to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities.