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Friends For Life Podcast

Apr 15, 2024

In this enlightening episode of IDD Health Matters, host Dr. Craig Escude is joined by Lisa Burck from The Arc of Mississippi. With decades of experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), Lisa shares her profound insights into the dynamic and responsive nature of advocacy work. The conversation delves into the multifaceted roles that The Arc plays in Mississippi, from handling abuse investigations and training direct support professionals, to innovative programs like their Archangel Christmas initiative and addiction programs tailored for community integration challenges.

Lisa highlights the transformative power of supported decision-making—a dignified alternative to guardianship that honors individual needs and preferences. The episode also explores the critical importance of direct support professionals and the severe impact of staffing shortages on employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, a crucial aspect of life that fosters purpose and integration.

Join Dr. Escude and Lisa as they discuss the practical challenges, emotional rewards, and the ongoing journey towards better health equity and quality of life for people with IDD. This episode is a must-listen for anyone involved in or caring about the disability support sector.