Direct Support Professionals Matter.
We all know this. It’s why ANCOR launched the National Advocacy Campaign more than a decade ago, to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and sustainable direct support workforce.
If you or someone you care about receives supports from a Direct Support Professional, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, September 8 – 14.
Here’s how you can participate:
Now. Urge your US Senator to co-sponsor the Senate Resolution recognizing National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.
Visit www.ancor.capwiz.org to send your senators an email.
Before DSP Recognition Week. Make plans for your celebration.
If you have a friend or family member with a disability who receives services from a provider organization, contact that provider to see if you can participate in their celebration.
Plan your own celebration for the DSP in your life. It can be simple, such as delivering a card or flowers to the DSP during the week. Or it can be ambitious. In past years, there have been barbeques, rallies, ice cream socials and many other events. For the ambitious, consider ways you can include your community, legislators and the media in your observations of DSP Recognition Week.
During DSP Week. September 8 – 14, 2013 is the time to put your plans into action.
Regardless of how you celebrate DSP week, the important thing is to let DSPs know how much you value and appreciate their hard work.
Also…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.
Start planning now to make this the biggest and best DSP Recognition Week ever!