Celebrating Direct Support
First Lady Yumi Hogan presents proclamation recognizing DSP week to
DDA Deputy Secretary Bernie Simons and MDOD Secretary Carol Beatty
This week-long celebration recognizes the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and their vital contributions.
DSPs work directly with individuals who have physical disabilities and/or intellectual disabilities with the aim of assisting the individual to become integrated into his/her community or the least restrictive environment. Many times DSPs are the key difference between community participation and isolation for those with disabilities. They build close, respected relationships with those they serve. They help individuals with disabilities participate fully in community and remain connected to family and friends. The broad range of individualized supports DSPs provide enable people with disabilities to live meaningful, productive lives, turning person centered plans into person centered lives. This strengthens our communities by fostering greater inclusion for those with disabilities.
Nominations were solicited from organizations and individuals receiving services for
outstanding Direct Support Professionals, advocates, and businesses who employ those with disabilities. Over 130 individuals and businesses were nominated.
The week long celebration culminated with a reception at the State House on Friday where Governor's Citations were presented by
Secretary Beatty and Deputy Secretary Simons to 19 individual DSPs for outstanding work supporting integrated employment or full community participation. Thirteen businesses received citations for
successfully utilizing the talents of those with disabilities in the workforce