Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2019
September 8-14, 2019


Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are persons who work directly with people who have developmental or Intellectual Disabilities (ID). Those DSPs aim to assist individuals in discovering their full potential. Through their services, they help others become engaged and integrated into their communities, helping them learn how to maneuver through the world by themselves. The job for a DSP can be filled with long hours and challenging responsibilities, but the work they perform is crucial to the individuals that they service on a daily basis.

A proclamation from the Office of the Governor stated, “There is a documented critical and growing shortage of direct support professionals in every community throughout the United States; and whereas, direct support professionals, including direct care workers, personal attendants…are the primary providers of long term support and services for millions of individuals with disabilities. Therefore, I Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim September 8-14, 2019, to be Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.”

Each year, we set aside a week to recognize and praise Direct Support Professionals. During this time, we revel in their passion, leadership, tenacity, and commitment to their individuals with ID. ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) celebrates a nationwide party to showcase the remarkable, unsung work displayed throughout the year by these professionals. ANCOR offers a toolkit of resources and ideas to help organizations thank their staff and help raise awareness in the role DSPs play to help individuals mold seamlessly into their surrounding communities. The toolkit includes items such as: DSP Recognition logo, Social Media Content, and DSP Week Recognition Store.

On behalf of Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, we would like to thank all of the DSPs in the field for their service and continued efforts in assisting individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ID) to live as independently as possible in their own communities. Their work does not go unnoticed and will continue to be praised. Thank you for all you do and enjoy your Direct Support Professionals Week 2019!!

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