Join Us in Celebrating National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

Each year, since 2008, we have celebrated Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week.  This week, September 11 to 15, we encourage everyone to take time to recognize the incredible contributions and important role they play ensuring that the human and civil rights of individuals with developmental disabilities are honored, respected, and met. Many organizations through the U.S. will share their celebrations and honor their staff in very meaningful ways.

While there is still much work that needs to be done to professionalize the workforce and provide DSPs with a livable wage, and a well-defined career ladder, we also know how important it is to show appreciation for the work they do to support an individual with disabilities throughout their lifespan. DSPs are truly the backbone of the developmental disabilities services system. DSPs deserve to be recognized for their compassion and dedication to helping people with disabilities reach their full potential and live their best life.

For example, people with disabilities want to live in their own communities and make their own choices about their lives – just like everyone else. For millions, DSPs help people like Krissy O’Keefe make living independently possible.

“The life I have wouldn’t be possible without my support person,” said Krissy.  Click HERE to watch a short and meaningful message from Krissy about the importance of recognizing DSPs this week.

Thank you to all the DSPs who are making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.

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