September 13, 2019
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

Please join the Center for START Services in celebrating National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week! Across the United States there are tens of thousands of DSPs who are the guiding force of each organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DSPs promote the wellbeing of individuals they support and play a pivotal role in the service delivery system. The START network recognizes the work of DSPs and their dedication, creativity, advocacy, zest and commitment to the lives of those they support, their families and communities. This is a letter of gratitude and appreciation from all of us at the Center for START Services-- thank you for the work you do every day in service of others. Your exceptional work and steadfast commitment is recognized across our network.

The Center for START Services and START teams across the nation are working with START Network Partner Quillo (more below) to pilot a training program for DSPs focusing on mental wellness for individuals with MH/IDD. You will find our network partners on Quillo spreading positivity and fun- here’s a video recorded by Dave Gunter, Texas START’s Tarrant County Resource Center Director:

About Quillo
Quillo is a START network partner that is committed to strength-based principles of acceptance, ongoing learning and appreciation of DSPs. Quillo's mission is to strengthen the culture of relationships in organizations that support people with developmental disabilities by focusing on staff well-being and positive psychology. The founder and CEO of Quillo, John Dickerson, describes the work of his team in this way: “Quillo is about culture!  Built from the ground up with the needs of our community in mind, Quillo tells stories that create emotional connections, giving people topics to think about while reminding them of their value to others. The Quillo app was designed using positive psychology, all focused on the personal well-being of each staff member.”
Quillo: Technology to Engage, Inspire, & Educate
Quillo is an innovative communication platform, using new technology developed specifically for our field of disability services. Striving to build better relationships and better lives, Quillo delivers fresh, daily video content via an app on users' smart devices or desktops.
Using micro-learning techniques based on positive psychology, videos are 60-second messages of support, encouragement, and appreciation. Videos are created by Quillo and the subscribing organizations and feature peers, leaders, self-advocates, parents, and experts from across the country. Every video is designed to inspire, engage and educate, reminding users of their WHY. Quillo was launched in 2018 and is now in 11 states with 30 subscribers. Their library includes over 900 videos, including 600 from Quillo and 300 from subscribing agencies and is growing every month – you will also find START network members on Quillo!

If you would like to learn more, you can visit Quillo's website, follow them on Facebook @myQuillo, and  subscribe to Quillo's newsletter "The Quillo Minute"
Thanks for reading and Happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire