ANCOR News - 09.14.23

Senate Unanimously Approves Resolution Honoring DSP Recognition Week

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The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution put forth by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) commemorating DSP Recognition Week.

This resolution (S. Res. 337) designates September 10-16, 2023 as a time to honor the incredible work of frontline health care workers, including Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), who tirelessly enhance the lives of individuals with chronic illnesses, seniors, and those living with disabilities. 

Senator Cardin expressed his gratitude to DSPs: “This week, we honor direct support professionals, the frontline health care workers who are on the job around the clock to make daily life more manageable for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses, and seniors. They bring dignity back to people’s lives and make a difference 365 days a year.” 

Senator Collins added her praise:Every day, direct support professionals work hard to provide those in need with critical support that leads to more independent living and a better quality of life. Our bipartisan resolution ensures that these professionals receive the recognition they deserve. I thank all direct support professionals for making such an incredible difference in the lives of so many seniors and those living with a disability.” 

This recognition highlights the pivotal role DSPs play in the lives of individuals with disabilities and the broader community. Their dedication, compassion, and commitment are invaluable. 

In addition to Senators Cardin and Collins, the resolution is cosponsored by a group of Senators committed to recognizing the critical work of DSPs. Read and download the full resolution.