In honor of Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 12-18, 2021). We are proud to take this opportunity to recognize the dedicated direct support professionals at Ada S. McKinley.

Chanilia Powell is being featured for her “excellence” in serving to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a direct service professional within our Employment and Community Support Services program.

Learn more about Chanilia in this short interview:

What is the most rewarding part of your role as a DSP?
“Engaging with the individuals and making them laugh.”

What makes you proud to work for Ada?
“Being able to make a difference.”

What is something that you’ve learned working as a DSP?
“Even if someone has a disability, everyone should be treated the same .”

What one piece of advice would you give to a person who is new to the field?
“Have patience.”