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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Congratulations to everyone who made these proclamations a reality!