September 10, 2023 - September 16, 2023

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2023

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Our annual week-long celebration of direct support professionals will take place September 10-16, 2023. Join in the celebration!

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 10-16, 2023) 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.

DSP Recognition Week Store

Shop at the 2023 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 whom 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 travel mugs, and a few new items including socks, new bags, and coolers! Place your order by August 20 to ensure your items arrive before the start of DSP Recognition Week on September 10.

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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 2023, in your efforts to raise awareness about this important campaign. Whenever talking about DSP recognition on social media, use #DSPRW2023 so we can follow the conversation and amplify your message!

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Take Action: Call on Congress to Recognize DSPs!

As we celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week and honor the incredible work that DSPs do every day across the country to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), it’s important to note that the federal government still doesn’t recognize DSPs as a distinct profession for gathering employment data. However, there’s hope on the horizon with the “Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act.”

Let’s seize this moment during DSP Recognition Week and send a powerful message to Congress: The federal government should recognize the invaluable role DSPs play each and every day.

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Ideas for Recognizing the DSPs Who Are Making a Difference in Your Community

Looking 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 2023 DSP Recognition Week Store. Then, assemble a team to deliver gift bags to places where your DSPs work.
  • Host a virtual party and/or happy hour for your organization’s DSPs! Assemble family members, coworkers and friends for a virtual chat and an 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 10-16, 2023, 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 make community inclusion a reality every day.

Share Your Celebrations!

Have something planned to celebrate DSP Recognition Week 2023? 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.

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