Framingham native Achilles Moussissa of Advocates, a nonprofit provider of services to individuals facing life challenges, has won the Direct Support Professional Award for the Metro region from the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers.
Moussissa received his award at the ADDP Conference and Expo on April 28 at the DCU Center in Worcester. He has worked Advocates for nearly two years and is cited for his advocacy for the men he supports. “Achilles is a strong advocate for the men he supports by ensuring they not only have their needs met but that their voices are also heard,” said Mary Devlin, director of developmental services at Advocates. “He will identify issues that impede the quality of life for the men and work with his manager to address them. Although not all the men he supports communicate verbally he is able to hear what they need and adjust his response accordingly.” “Direct support professionals like Achilles are the foundation of the human services sector in Massachusetts,” said Gary Blumenthal, the president and CEO of ADDP. “There are hundreds of thousands of people living with disabilities in Massachusetts who rely on Direct Support Professionals to provide a wide variety of critical services that allow them to live more independent lives. Achilles and his colleagues enable this to happen every day all across our Commonwealth.” Advocates provides a broad range of services for people facing life challenges such as addiction, aging, autism, brain injury, intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges.