Please join us for a screening of the acclaimed documentary Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support. The screening of the documentary (approximate run time of 44 minutes) will be followed by a panel and audience discussion. Attendance is free, but space is limited so register today. This film is closed captioned.
Tuesday, November 5
204 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
Screening begins at 6:00PM, Panel discussion to follow
Wednesday, November 13*
1881 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Doors at 6:00 PM, Screening begins at 6:30PM, Panel discussion to follow
*American Sign Language Interpreters have been requested for the Framingham film screening. Please RSVP by Friday, November 8, 2019 to Nicole St. Amand NSt.Amand@Advocates.org, if you need this accommodation.
These two film screenings of Invaluable are cosponsored by Advocates, The Arc of Massachusetts, Human Services Research Institute, and Institute of Community Integration.
Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support is a documentary film exploring the underappreciated and underfunded work of direct support professionals (DSPs), the people who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in living full lives as members of their communities. Through stories and interviews with DSPs, family members, advocates, and people with disabilities from across the country, the film honors the complexity of the work and the immense value it provides to individuals receiving support. And it asks us to take action now in strengthening the DSP workforce before the system collapses.
Workforce Crisis Information/Resources
- The Arc of Massachusetts Workforce Initiative: https://arcmass.org/workforce
- The National Core Indicators Staff Stability Survey: https://www.nationalcoreindicators.org/resources/staff-stability-survey/...
- Invaluable at the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration: https://ici.umn.edu/product/invaluable/main