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U.S. Senate Passes Resolution for DSP Recognition Week

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U.S. Senate Passes Resolution for DSP Recognition Week

September 15, 2011



DSP Recognition Week 2011


September 11-17, 2011



In a show of bipartisan support--and for the fourth-consecutive year--the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating the week beginning September 11 as "National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week."



Sponsored by Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), Senate Resolution 263recognizes Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for their commitment to supporting individuals and promoting community-inclusion for individuals with disabilities of all ages. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) co-sponsored the bill.

This acknowledgment by the Senate is significant to the ANCOR National Advocacy Campaign (NAC) as work continues to secure increased funding for DSPs and improve supports and services for people with disabilities.

"We are proud that the U.S. Senate has 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. They are vital the fabric of our communities and the need for the quality supports provided by DSPs continues to grow at an alarming rate."

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 our most fragile citizens and their families to live healthy community-oriented lives.Read more about DSP Week here.



View the U.S. Senate Resolution.




Questions? Contact Mary Pauline Jones at mpjones@ancor.orgor 703.535.7850, ext. 108.




State Proclamation Update



The 2011 DSP Recognition Week state proclamations have begun to arrive. So far, we've had proclamations issued in:


Arkansas
Delaware
Florida
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Mississippi
Montana
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


Congratulations to everyone who made these proclamations a reality!