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Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week – September 11-17,2022

Governor Tom Wolf has signed an official proclamation dedicating the week of September 11th through September 17th, 2022 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. The proclamation, available to read here, recognizes the vital contributions DSPs provide to address the physical and mental health of individuals with disabilities, as well as veterans and senior citizens. Furthermore, the Governor recognizes the immense care it takes for DSPs to develop close, respectful, and trusted relationships with those they support.

WHEREAS, a direct support professional must build a close, respectful, and trusted relationship with an individual with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, a direct support professional assists an individual with disabilities daily with the most intimate needs and provides a broad range of support, from preparing meals and medications to personal care to transporting clients to school, work, and other activities; and
WHEREAS, the participation of direct support professionals in medical care planning is critical to the successful transition from medical events to post-acute care and long-term support and services;

The Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Proclamation by Governor Tom Wolf

Read the full proclamation here.