ANCOR is pleased to announce that yesterday, for the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating the week beginning September 9 as “National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.”
Sponsored by Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), Senate Resolution 548 recognizes Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for their commitment to supporting individuals and promoting community-inclusion for individuals with disabilities of all ages. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) co-sponsored the resolution.
This acknowledgment by the Senate is significant to the National Advocacy Campaign, whose mission it is to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities who rely on long-term supports and services by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and sustainable workforce. One element of this campaign, the Medicaid Values People initiative, seeks to ensure adequate funding from Medicaid, the primary source of federal dollars for home and community-based services for people with disabilities—and vital jobs for the DSPs who support them.
“We are proud that the U.S. Senate has once again bestowed this recognition in honor and observation of the direct support workforce and the tremendous impact they have in communities across the country,” said ANCOR CEO Renee Pietrangelo. “The DSP workforce deserves our highest praise and respect for the critical services they provide daily. We also want to recognize Senator Ben Nelson and Senator Susan Collins for their leadership in spotlighting the role DSPs play in assuring quality long-term supports and services for people with disabilities.”
National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is celebrated annually across the country with special events and ceremonies earmarked to honor the tens of thousands of workers who enable people with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities and their families to live healthy community-oriented lives.