Family Advocate Receives Surprise Recognition

Angie Perryman, a family advocate for The Arc of the Ozarks received the Human Service Provider Advocacy Award from The Arc of Missouri at the 5th Annual Educational Summit yesterday. Angie has been employed with The Arc of the Ozarks for six years.

In her time with The Arc, she has developed numerous programs to aid individuals with disabilities. One program is called Project STIR (Steps Towards Independence and Responsibility). Project STIR is a training program designed to provide individuals with the tools to advocate for themselves, mobilize others in advocacy and gain leadership experiences. She is also the Co-Founder of Ozarks Inclusion Partnership, a community group created to educate and develop relationships with organizations and businesses in the Ozarks about the benefits of the inclusion of individuals with disabilities to enhance the quality of their life and the community as a whole.

“Angie lives out the mission of The Arc of the Ozarks daily. She strives to enhance the lives of the individuals we serve and inspires us all,” stated Tiara Slack, Vice-President of Quality Management.

An advocate seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, can have their voice heard on issues that are important to them, and defend and safeguard their rights, or the rights of others.