Sharing in Our Caring is hosted by Elliot Massuda, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Foothold Technology, where he applies more than twenty years of strategic sales and partnership experience to connecting with and supporting our provider community. His co-host is Foothold Technology’s Senior Advisor, David Bucciferro, who brings more than 30 years of experience in the human services field working with providers, local governments, and healthcare agencies.
We’ll be posting new episodes at least monthly.
Episode 1 | Helping the Helpers: Addressing the DSP Workforce Crisis
The DSP workforce crisis has been a hot topic in the I/DD community for a while, and providers are constantly thinking of ways to address the situation. Legislation is being developed to address the workforce crisis, but will it be enough?
Welcome to the first episode of “Sharing In Our Caring,” a platform for human services professionals, policy-makers, and thought leaders to shed light on the topics and trends impacting their industry. In this episode, you will get to know your hosts, Foothold Technology’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, Elliot Massuda, and Senior Advisor, David Bucciferro, as they explore the role of the DSP, the development and impact of the workforce crisis on providers and care recipients alike, and look toward solutions as we move forward.
They are joined by guests, William Pate, a DSP with Dungarvin Indianapolis, and Denise Bird, Staff Development Coordinator for Gateways Community Services in New Hampshire, who shed light on their experiences and discuss the needs they see in their communities.
Episode 2 | Making Things Possible: The Role of Assistive Technology
Assistive technology has been a facet of supporting individuals with disabilities for quite some time, and the scope it covers is broad. So what does the future of assistive technology look like, and how can we support it?
In this episode of “Sharing In Our Caring,” a platform for human services professionals, policy-makers, and thought leaders to shed light on the topics and trends impacting their industry; hosts Elliot Massuda and David Bucciferro discuss various forms of assistive technology and how they affect individuals with disabilities as well as the providers who support them.
They are joined by Connie Harrington, of the TEC (Technology Enhancing Capabilities) Lab in Illinois, who provides insight into the impact of their work and where she sees the future of assistive technology heading.
Episode 3 | Exploring and Attaining Life’s Desires: Supported Employment in the Field
As social determinants of health are more widely acknowledged and discussed, employment becomes an important aspect of that discourse. In this episode of “Sharing In Our Caring,” a platform for human services professionals, policy-makers, and thought leaders to shed light on the topics and trends impacting their industry; hosts Elliot Massuda and David Bucciferro discuss supported employment programs as an important, community-based service in the I/DD and human services space.
They are joined by Aaron Shmueli, the assistant vice-president of Goodwill industries of greater New York and Northern New Jersey, who shares his experiences as a provider, shedding light on the importance of their work, their resources, and what he’d like to see for the future of supported employment programs.