News It’s DSP Recognition Week 2018

This week, Sept. 9 through Sept. 15, marks Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in Massachusetts and across the country.

Gov. Charlie Baker has issued a proclamation, which notes, in part, that DSPs “provide essential support to help keep an individual with disabilities connected to the family and community of the individual,” and DSPs “enable individuals with disabilities to live meaningful, productive lives and avoid more costly institutional care.”

Similar proclamations were issued by U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren.

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is part of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) National Advocacy Campaign, whose mission 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.

In Massachusetts, Nancy Silver-Hargreaves, President and CEO of Providers’ Council member organization WCI – Work Community Independence, led the efforts to ensure recognition from Sens. Markey and Warren and from the Baker Administration.

Members are encouraged to use the hashtag #DSPRW2018 and tag the Providers’ Council and The Caring Force in posts you share on social media in honor of your direct care staff so that we may share them as well.

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