DSP's Making a Difference: Michael Murphy
As part of DSP Recognition Week, FADSP is pleased to recognize direct support professionals (DSPs) who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve. Michael Murphy is one of those DSPs.
Michael Murphy has been in his current position with Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) for five years. Michael is a proponent of helping individuals with disabilities to obtain and sustain their highest level of employment. He has developed a comprehensive multidisciplinary training program called Industry Readiness Training. For the past 3-4 years, he has been passionate with this project. BAC was very lucky to have the support of the CEO and Board of Directors to pilot this program on a small scale for the past 2½ years. Brevard Achievement Center is in the process of expanding the current program to best meet the needs of the clients they serve through special project funding by the Florida Legislature.
Michael takes his role as part of the Industry Readiness Training program along with his other duties very seriously. The program that he designed and is in the process of implementing is based on person-centered supports. The special project funding will allow BAC to have more hands on staff to work with each of the clients from the beginning of the program right through the end.
Michael is a huge proponent of client Advocacy and Self-Determination. Part of the program allows for the individuals to learn to advocate for themselves as well as to learn about self-determination which will play a huge part in the success of the individual in an employment setting. Michael has respect for all of the individuals that he serves and treats them all the same. If there is an issue that needs to be addressed, he will put together the group that is supporting the individual and discuss it with all before making a group decision as to the next step.
Michael has been recognized by Brevard Achievement Center through an award that is given quarterly to a staff person that has gone above and beyond for the individuals served. He has received accolades from parents, funding sources, and clients for all the work he has put into the Industry Readiness Training program. The agency has been awarded other grants that Michael helped secure for this specific program. BAC has documented one of the success stories of the IRT in a video that talks to an individual along with his parents about how the program affected him.
Thank you Michael for your continued service to the individuals served at Brevard Achievement center!