September 11, 2022 - September 17, 2022

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2022

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Our annual week-long celebration of direct support professionals will take place September 11-17, 2022. Join in the celebration!

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 11-17, 2022) is a great opportunity to highlight the dedicated, innovative direct support workforce that is the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities. Your celebrations of the DSPs at the heart of our field are part of a nationwide party we throw every year to showcase the amazing and often unsung work of these incredible professionals, and mark just a small fraction of the recognition that they deserve throughout the year.

To support your efforts to acknowledge DSPs, we have compiled a few resources to help you say “thanks” and raise awareness about the role DSPs play in helping people with disabilities be part of the community. These resources include access to the high-resolution version of the DSP Recognition Week 2022 logo for you to use in (or on) any materials you see fit, customizable social media posts to spread the word, and our DSP Recognition Week Store. We can’t wait to celebrate your DSPs with you!

DSP Recognition Week Events

Don’t miss these opportunities to celebrate the work DSPs do in our communities!

Monday, September 12, 1-2 pm EDT

Tuesday, September 13

  • DSP Recognition Week (#DSPRW2022) Social Media Day of Action. Whether you’re highlighting a DSP Recognition Week celebration, or sharing what DSPs mean to your community, remember to take photos of your celebratory events and use the hashtag #DSPRW2022 on social media so that we can amplify the essential work that DSPs do each and every day.

DSP Recognition Week Store

Shop at the 2022 DSP Recognition Week Store, which offers you the opportunity to purchase deeply discounted items with the DSP Recognition Week branding so you can purchase small gifts for each of the DSPs with which you work as a token of your appreciation. In this year’s Store, you’ll find popular favorites such as T-shirts and bags, more varieties of popular items from previous years like tumblers and thermoses, and a few new items including face masks, hand sanitizer and a stainless steel straw kit! Orders are still being accepted but may incur additional shipping fees or may not arrive before the start of DSP Recognition Week on September 11.

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DSP Recognition Week Logo

Download the high-resolution version of the logo with a transparent background. Use the logo in your marketing materials, on gifts you order in appreciation of DSPs and more. If you need help using this file or would like to request other versions of the logo, please contact André Floyd at [email protected].

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Social Media Content

Use these sample social media messages as-is, or customize them to make them specific to the DSPs you want to recognize during DSP Recognition Week 2022, in your efforts to raise awareness about this important campaign. Whenever talking about DSP recognition on social media, use #DSPRW2022 so we can follow the conversation and amplify your message.

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Ideas for Recognizing DSPs Who are Making a Difference in Your Community

In the market for creative ideas for celebrating DSP Recognition Week? Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing!

  • Collect 30-second videos from the individuals you support, their family members, your other colleagues and more with messages about the difference your agency’s DSPs are making in the lives of the people they support.
  • Put together a gift bag for each DSP at your agency that includes their favorite candy, a small gift card and one or two items from the 2022 DSP Recognition Week Store. Then, assemble a team to do a non-contact delivery to places where your DSPs work.
  • Host a virtual party and/or happy hour for your agency’s DSPs! Assemble family members, coworkers and friends for a virtual chat and opportunity to for those who love them to hear how valued they are. Also spice it up by telling funny stories about the DSP and/or putting together a small game of trivia!
  • Reach out to your mayor and ask that they issue a proclamation declaring September 11-17, 2022, as DSP Recognition Week in your town or city. Then, ask the mayor to record a short ‘thank you’ message to share with DSPs who have been working to help the most vulnerable among us navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share Your Celebrations!

Have something planned to celebrate DSP Recognition Week 2022? We want to know about it so we can amplify your celebration! Let us know what you’ve got in store for your DSPs this year by emailing André Floyd, ANCOR’s Communications Manager, at [email protected].

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