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2013 Direct Support Professionals Week, September 8 - 14

June 28, 2013

Direct Support Professionals Matter.

We all know this. It's why ANCOR's National Advocacy Campaign initiates Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week year after year. This year’s celebrations are shaping up to be the best yet! From local creative, fun celebrations to recognition by the US Senate and Governors across the country, ANCOR members and partners NADSP and NASDDDS are working to recognize excellence, and promote awareness of the importance of Direct Support Professionals.

Here’s more about what we are planning, and how you can participate:

  1. U.S. Senate Recognition. ANCOR is pleased to announce that Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) are sponsoring the 2013 Senate Resolution proclaiming Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week for 2013, and we will be working to secure additional co-sponsors and ultimately passage of the resolution. This will be the sixth year the US Senate has passed a resolution in response to ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign initiative.

  2. Gubernatorial Proclamations. As in previous years, we will also be seeking state-level proclamations from governors across the country. Last year 23 governors formally recognized the week. This year, ANCOR State Provider Association Executive Directors are taking the primary role within their own states to make the request. If you believe your organization can offer some particular support to this effort – if, say, you have an especially close relationship with your governor or key staff – please contact the executive director of your state association to ensure coordination, or ANCOR consultant Mona McGee.

  3. NADSP and NASDDDS Partnerships. This year we are pleased to announce that we are partnering with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services in promotion of the week. Stay tuned for more announcements regarding these and other important partnerships, and we encourage ANCOR members to coordinate state level celebrations with your state I/DD Director and local NADSP chapters!

  4. Celebrations. Start planning now so your organization can appropriately recognize the contributions of your DSPs during DSP week. In the past, providers have taken a variety of actions - large and small - to recognize DSPs. These include gifts, community dinners or parties and services like offering DSPs car washes and spa days. Consider ways you can include your community, legislators and the media in your observations of DSP Recognition Week. Look for an email from us in the near future with some suggestions.

  5. Webinars. We will be offering ANCOR members a series of informative webinars to promote ANCOR's National Advocacy Campaign activities and to share best practices for optimal Direct Support Professional Recognition Events.

  6. National Advocacy Campaign Direct Support Professional Congressional Call-in Day. We plan to set aside one day (probably Wednesday, September 11) for DSP supporters to call their elected representatives and let them know how important DSPs are. We're working on what the precise message will be and will provide you with talking points well in advance.

If you have suggestions, concerns or questions about DSP Recognition Week 2013, please contact Barbara Merrill or Katherine Berland.

Start planning now to make this the biggest and best DSP Recognition Week ever!

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