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DSP Recognition Week: Honor DSPs by Advocating to Congress

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DSP Recognition Week: Honor DSPs by Advocating to Congress

September 10, 2018

If it seems like your inbox is exploding with emails about Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), then it must be DSP Recognition Week (September 9-15)! Forgive our enthusiasm - this is one of our favorite weeks. To celebrate the commitment and hard work of DSPs, we will be: opening nominations for the 2019 DSP of the Year this week (deadline for final submissions is November 30); sharing stories on social media, and… wait for it… bringing Congress into the mix!

U.S. Representatives Pete Roskam (R-IL) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) are currently circulating ANCOR’s Congressional letter to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) among their colleagues to collect signatures – and this is a great week to bring your members of Congress’ attention to that. The letter asks BLS to create a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for DSPs, which will create federal recognition of DSPs as a profession and allow for the collection of important data that can be used to inform policy such as rate setting. We encourage you to advocate this issue in two ways:

  • Share our email tool with your DSPs – coming directly from a DSP, the request for a SOC will be more personal, particularly during DSP Recognition Week.
  • Contact your Congressional offices directly to request that they sign onto the letter. Please email Doris Parfaite-Claude, Federal Advocacy and Research Manager, if you need leave-behinds, assistance identifying Congressional contacts, want template emails or scripts, etc.

Note: ANCOR also supports NADSP’s new advocacy campaign on the SOC issue, for which we are listed as an official partner

Stay tuned: this week we will also be announcing the U.S. Senate resolution recognizing DSPs led by Senators Cardin (D-MD) and Collins (R-ME) and sponsored by several other U.S. Senators!