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Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

A woman crouches while joking with a woman who's using a wheelchair. Both are laughing. Photo used courtesy of Pexels.comThe Office of the Governor has issued a proclamation declaring September 12 through 18, 2021 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. According to Kristin Ahrens, ODP’s Deputy Secretary, “This proclamation recognizes the dedication, the skill, and the absolutely critical role of DSPs in supporting people with intellectual disabilities and autism to live Everyday Lives. During the pandemic, they have been heroic in their work to keep the individuals they support happy, healthy, and safe.” 

The Wolf Administration emphasizes the importance of DSPs in the proclamation:

"WHEREAS, direct support professionals are integral to the physical and mental health and well-being of veterans, senior citizens, and individuals of all ages with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities who receive services for severe chronic health conditions; and

WHEREAS, direct support professionals provide essential support to help keep individuals with disabilities connected to their family, friends, and community and enable them to live meaningful lives in a community of their choice; and

WHEREAS, a direct support professional must build a close, respectful, and trusted relationship with an individual with disabilities; and


WHEREAS, direct support professionals have worked tirelessly and heroically during the COVID-19 pandemic to support individuals with disabilities and keep them safe. Direct support professionals have put the needs of individuals with disabilities ahead of their own safety, bravely working with individuals who have chronic health conditions and under circumstances which did not allow social distancing."

Read the full proclamation at the following link: