Direct Support Professionals Week 2015

9/13/2015

WHEREAS, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the primary providers of publicly-funded long-term support and service for millions of people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, DSPs help with the meals, medications, bathing, dressing, and mobility needs of those they serve; and

WHEREAS, DSPs improve their clients’ quality of life by developing strong relationships with them, their families, and their communities; and

WHEREAS, DSPs are the bridges to community living for people with disabilities, offering support and services that promote independence and inclusion; and

WHEREAS, by 2020, an estimated 1.2 million DSPs will be needed to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and

WHEREAS, DSPs deserve recognition for their hard work and the positive impact they have in communities throughout Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 13-19, 2015, as DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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