The United States Senate has resolved that the week beginning September 8, 2019 will be Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. This declaration was made in order to recognize the dedication and vital role direct support professionals have in enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Direct Support Professionals build close, trusting relationships with people with disabilities in order to assist them with a wide range of needs including preparation of meals, helping with medications, bathing, dressing, mobility, and activities that allow individuals with disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. Those activities include, helping individuals find and keep a job, taking individuals out to volunteer at the pet shelter, our out to a free concert to enjoy an evening with friends, or taking an individual to the cemetery to visit a loved one.
“Direct Support Professionals are at the heart of our mission to empower people with disabilities to believe in their own unique abilities and achieve their full potential,” said Michael Glanz, Executive Director of The Arc of the Quad Cities Area. “DSPs are multi-tasking experts that face each day with compassion, patience, and a dedication to providing excellent service.” “DSPs are the nexus of where our mission and meaningful community life for individuals with disabilities begin.”