One element of the National Advocacy Campaign (NAC) is raising public awareness about Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and the important work they do. Most Americans aren’t aware of the vital role DSPs play in their communities; we want to change that.
Two NAC programs – the DSP Recognition Awards and DSP Recognition Week – were created to honor outstanding DSPs and to spread awareness in communities across the country.
These annual awards recognize the best of the Direct Support Professional workforce and, at the same time, raise awareness of the devotion, professionalism and quality supports DSPs provide in their daily work.
Since 2008, the United States Senate has proclaimed one week in September “National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.” Each year, dozens of governors have issued similar proclamations in their states.
During DSP Recognition Week, providers hold parties and community celebrations and offer gifts to DSPs. There are more celebrations every year, and the event is spreading the word, in communities coast to coast, about the importance of people with disabilities and the DSPs who support them.
2008 DSP Recognition Week
We’re giving everyone a chance to meet some of the exceptional DSPs who work for ANCOR member providers. Read their answers to the ANCOR questionnaire.
If you are a DSP and you haven’t already done so, complete the questionnaire.