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Applause for Direct Support Professionals


There are about 90,000 direct support professionals (DSPs) who work directly with people with developmental disabilities in New York. DSPs play a very important role in the lives of these individuals. DSPs provide supports at home, work, school, and within the community, assisting with activities of daily living, and encouraging attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion. They can also act as advocates for the individual, in communicating their needs, self-expression and goals. Today, more than 126,000 New Yorkers are being assisted by DSPs to lead a self-directed life and contribute to the community.

The work of DSPs is so crucial that it would be impossible to build an integrated community without them and their contribution. Many agencies, including SUS, and provider associations have long realized that. This is why we celebrate National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week each year.

This Friday (September 14), in observance of National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, a press conference will be held on the steps of City Hall at 11 am to honor those people without whom our services wouldn’t be possible:

Among all the participants, DSPs and individuals they work with at SUS will come together to help draw attention to their work and their worth. It is a great chance for the public to learn about the contribution of this vital workforce. Please join us and give a round of applause to all who work hard to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.